Art Safari I
Art Safari navigates its way through the art world’s phalanxes of dealers, collectors and critics, trying to get inside the head of its artist subjects. The idea was to make a series about art that is not driven by art criticism or review, but by a natural curiosity about art. Neither the programs nor the presenter tell the viewer what to think – rather they bring together a variety of mixed and conflicting opinions about strange and powerful works of art.
Art geek and award-winning director, Ben Lewis, presents and works as sound recordist and occasional artist’s assistant in this lo-fi series, while his best friend (fortunately and award-winning documentary cameraman) follows him with his DV camera. The results are arts home movies -- close, informal and laidback encounters with artists unlike anything else on television.
溫‧德爾瓦：這是糞便藝術嗎？ WIM DELVOYE: IS THIS SHIT ART?
村上隆：跟藝術鬧著玩TAKASHI MURAKAMI: TOYING WITH ART
蘇菲‧卡勒：概念化的心 SOPHIE CALLE: CONCEPTUAL HEART
聖地牙哥‧席拉：藝術對抗全球化SANTIAGO SIERRA: ART vs. GLOBALISATION
WIM DELVOYE: IS THIS SHIT ART?
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is the world’s rudest artist and he has made the most notorious contemporary work of art, ‘Cloaca’. This machine reproduces the human digestive system – you put food in one end, and shit comes out the other. Ben sets off to test the realism of Delvoye’s work in all kinds of ways. His adventures lead him to China where Delvoye has a farm where he tattoos pigs as works of art. Ben decides to join in, and comes back with a work of art on his back which he gets valued at Sotheby’s.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI: TOYING WITH ART
Takashi Murakami is Japan’s most successful contemporary artist, and also the art world’s best art investment — prices for his work have risen twenty times over in less than ten years. He makes super-sized toys and cartoons as contemporary art. He runs a huge international art business with studios in Japan and NY. He curates exhibitions and organizes art fairs. He has turned his art into a brand with everything from mouse pads to chocolate crunch. He is the new Warhol of the Twentieth Century. His art looks superficial and commercialized but Ben goes to Tokyo and discovers that behind it lies a theory about the history of Post-War Japan.
SOPHIE CALLE: CONCEPTUAL HEART
Sophie Calle is the Grand Dame of French contemporary art. Her art combines romantic autobiography and detached conceptualism. She gives Ben permission to make a film about her on one condition: he has to think up a ritual or set of rules for her to follow, similar to the rules which govern her works of art. Ben submits idea after idea. She rejects one after the other. Finally, in a final encounter with the artist, Ben realizes that the secret of the game.
SANTIAGO SIERRA: ART vs. GLOBALISATION
Spanish artist Santiago Sierra is the world’s most radical living artist. He recreates the exploitation of the globalised economy in the art gallery – by paying junkies the price of a fix to tattoo a line across their backs, hiring scores of black immigrant works to dig a vast land art sculpture in Spain, and filling a museum in Germany with mud. He thinks the world of art is as corrupted as the world of capitalism. Ben follows Sierra across the world from Hanover to Seoul to Dubai, to try to find out how Sierra manages to get away with such confrontational works of art. It is not just his rigorous minimalism, or the popularity of anti-capitalism among curators… There is another secret ingredient.