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kennethkahn 07-05-08 11:08 AM

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I just read an interesting article, talking about the difference between having an art, or a product. They quote Emerson as saying that art has a relationship with an audience, that a product does not. I think this concept has to factor into performing, because I've seen a lot of buskers who I think have crappy shows that to not build an authentic relationship with their audiences but get big crowds, and collect money from those crowds. I've also seen artists who don't build as big a crowd, but do try to give something authentic of themselves, who don't build the crowds, or collect the large hats. Size and money matters, but it's not the end all be all.

Rachel Peters 07-05-08 02:48 PM

Selling that product can be an art. If it's done well, it builds that relationship with audience which makes them want to hand over their money. Therefore (by these definitions), making the sales pitch "art". ie: a commercial for soap can be art, whereas the soap itself is not.

kennethkahn 07-08-08 01:01 AM

point well taken

I think I see where you're going with this. I can dig it. We've all seen commercials where intellegence has not been insulted, and we've actually like the commercial, and I agree that is an art. I know I've seen buskers (unfortunately I can't put myself into this catagory yet) that have done a brilliant job of selling the hat to the audience in order for them to get paid for their show. And I would say this is an art as well.

My point (hunters point being - inside joke for those live in SF) is that I agree with Emerson's main contention that artist has to build a relationship with his audience for what they are doing to be considered art, and not just a product.

I'll have to check out your web site.


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