Monday, November 7, 2011

22+ hours of art at Champlain

The "23 Hours of Art" at Champlain College was held this past weekend with the hope of answering the question: what is art?

"Art" means any and all genres and media, Each presentation was roughly 10 minutes in length  and there were only two ground rules:

1. The art work presented cannot be one's own. So you could present a poem by Yeats, a snippet of a Hitchcock film, an image from Georgia O'Keefe, a monologue that your roomate wrote, a sculpture you bought at a yard sale, or even a really beautiful wine bottle. But it's not your own--no need to defend or to prove anything.
2. There is no discussion or debate during the 10 minutes. The presenter presents the work and says why it's art or what s/he likes about it or feels about it or . . . . The audience listens and accepts.

The Art Marathon was a blast according to faculty organizer Eric Ronis. They made it 22 hours of  fascinating and diverse presentations, performances and discussions.

Below is the list of the 72 "official" presentations from the event (though there were many more artists and art works cited and discussed). Thanks to all who participated.

Special shout out to students Andrea Asacker and Taylor Silvestri for helping to coordinate the event. Taylor made it the whole 22 hours, according to Ronis. 

 WHAT IS ART? (list of presentations for the 2011 Art Marathon at Champlain College)

  • Whistler’s Mother (painting)
  • “Lamentation” by Martha Graham (dance)
  • Eagles vs. Giants football game—“the comeback!” (event)
  • “Monsters” by Miles Glover, age 5/6 (drawings)
  • Art as transcending technique and craft in Film Editing
  • Hiroshige (printmaking)
  • Jacqueline du Pre playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto  (music)
  • “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” by Marcel Duchamp
  • AlKindi, Arabic philosopher/poet
  • Floria Sigismondi’s music video for “Beautiful People”
  • Papyrus and Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  • Pieter Bruegel’s “Tower of Babel” (painting)
  • “The Path” by Tale of Tales (game)
  • Helaman Ferguson, Mathematics in Stone and Bronze (sculpture)
  • “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath (poetry)
  • Damien Hirst’s “Diamond Encrusted skull”
  • The Wire (television)
  • Eileen Mayson, Kate Gilmore, Shannon Plumb (video)
  • Bill Morrison, “Decasia” (film)
  • The Moog synthesizer
  • Music!
  • Playing the djembe drum
  • Indie music video editing
  • Robert Altman’s “Nashville” (film)
  • Sonnet XCIV by Pablo Neruda
  • “Dead Snow” (film)
  • “Adam and Eve” by Tony Hoagland (poetry)
  • Louis C.K. “Why?” (stand up comedy)
  • Qwaqa “Pencilhead” (animation)
  • The art of Hooping—movement precedes thought
  • Sintel and Blender (animation)
  • Bindlestiff Family Circus (performance)
  • “Hush” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (television)
  • Cinse’s sugar spoon (object)
  • J-pop—language as art (music video)
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindell (novel)
  • Beyonce, “Single Ladies” (music)
  • Chris Cornell, “Two Drink Minimum” (song)
  • Patrick Chapin vs. Gabriel Nassif, Magic the Gathering championship (event)
  • “The Serpent Tale” by Leonid Andreyev (drama)
  • Ocaraina of Time (game)
  • “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Molly (slam poetry)
  • Eric Leva’s music: “Burn Out Again,” “Fictional Friend”
  • John Cage’s  4’ 33” (music? Performance?)
  • LasagnaCats Garfield “tributes” (video)
  • “Wooden Heart” by Listener (spoken word/music
(Note: perhaps when we have more time, we can link some of these pieces to the websites. We'll also post some photos if available. ) 

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