Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I thought this was a very innovative series by the New York Times, and an even more innovative use of comment space. This article recaps the ‘Imagine This’ series, in which various New York Times writers do just that –they imagine their ideal exhibition, show, movie, or song. Or rather, not their ideal, but one that they would like to see or organize themselves.
This series is a very inspiring way to turn the tables on writers who are used to writing about other people’s shows, events, or exhibits. People who love and are deeply immersed in their respective fields are given the chance to assemble their own ‘dream team’, and are given the chance to explain the merits and reasoning behind each of these dreams.
And why should critics and writers be the only ones allowed to dream? In this recap, readers are quoted with their additions and criticisms to the NYT writer’s fantasy shows. I really loved that, rather than putting these fantasy shows on a pedestal in the Art & Style section and leaving it at that, the readers comments were read and shared themselves. This kind of dialogue is really fresh and exciting to read about, and I hope the newspaper continues with this and other similar projects. Below is a link to the list of ‘Imagine This’ articles- they’re all wonderful reads, and range from a showcase of women in the video game industry, a rehearsal space-based music festival, and a ‘memory collection’.
I also loved that, as an artist and aspiring arts manager, I couldn’t help (as I’m sure you guys can’t help) reading this and then imagining what my ideal show/journal/exhibition would include…right now, I’m thinking poetry and sound installations in the middle of farmland in southwest Pennsylvania.