Let's go into the weekend with something to ponder. Is that new for me?
Yesterday, Nicole Hyde (http://www.nicolehyde.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=5481&page=Blog) posted a link to a Variety article (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979842.html?categoryid=1071&cs=1) about Sarah Jessica Parker's intentions to produce a reality show based on the art world. According to the article, it would be a competition between 12 artists in a reality show setting.
Now, I am not much of a television person, but my intuition doesn't lead me to have a lot of positive feelings about this. I am not opposed to television, but competitive art making in tight time constrictions and under a ton of pressure while television cameras are rolling doesn't sound like a recipe for good art to me. What do you think?
When we lived in England the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ ) ran an interesting series called Art School (http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/08_august/10/art.shtml) where well known personalities took an intensive two week art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design (www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/ ). These were people used to the camera and the pressures associated with it attending art courses. They were not visual artists, but it did show the challenges of this work as well as the rewards and they were not in competition with each other. I have to admit, I did enjoy watching this series. I think it ran for something like 4 weeks or so. I can't remember exactly.
My impression is these are two different types of shows, both reality, but the focus is different. I may be completely wrong about that, however. I will be interested in hearing your impressions. Here is my question to you:
Do you think a competitive reality show based on art will have an impact on the arts? What and/or How? Of course, we never really know until it airs, right?
I look forward to hearing from you. It is interesting to ponder.
Have a Beautiful and Creative Weekend!