Hungry artists gather around the honey, hungry hearts look in one place for a little light.
The amazing Sandra Gibson and her cohorts have set forth a compelling intellectual agenda for this year’s APAP conference, challenging all involved to contemplate what the international cultural landscape might look like in a decade’s time, and what the proactive practical response to that vision might entail.
As much as I love academic sparring, I, like most artists, have come here because I have a story to tell, in my own inclusively provocative way. We artists work really hard to make some performance sense out of this wacky world, and we think our distillations quite worthy, thank you. It’s a tiny intimacy writ large against the capitalist expanse and the foreboding necessity of feeding oneself.
We’re not all equally tight, and most of us don’t have the infrastructure to manage an engagement in your theater, but we all want a moment of your time, dear art presenter…just a moment to really. be. seen…
It’s a little weird and uncomfortable. And exhilarating…like a post-prone, brisk walk through pre-snow Manhattan.
So… this is the romantic and tragic relationship of the artist to the association of performing arts presenters conference. Let’s put that aside for a minute…
If this conference purports to fix its gaze on the future, it is pointedly appropriate that APAP begins the dialogue under the curatorial tutelage of Mark Russell, Meiyin Wang and the staff at Under the Radar. The festival consistently stokes the aesthetic dialogue at APAP, and consequently draws a piqued critical mass of cultural advocates seeking to be moved.
In the midst of the push-pull dynamic and neuroses of trying to get a gig, the smart artists aren’t just trying to be seen…they’re also trying to SEE the offerings of UTR and less publicized cultural happenings around the city this weekend. Part of the process of getting in front of presenters is sitting alongside them in critical appreciation of new work. Russell’s festival impels some of the shared language of arts presenters across the world. Artists should share in this language as well.