Still, more troublingly some of the performers played directly to the camera, seemingly valuing the photography or filmmaking over the live audience. Having “good” documentation is par for the course in work based in time and space. But, does that “good” documentation have to happen concurrently with a present audience?
Originally planned as a twelve-hour musical celebration, the artists canceled the program after the ban endangered travel for Iranian-Canadian musicians Arif Mirbaghi and Raha Javanfar, who were slated to perform. Instead, visitors to the space were asked to “please remain silent” and to contemplate the musicians’ unused instruments.
“Come here. Come over here. A little closer. A little more from you, please, and we’ll show you a little more. If you give us just a bit more, you arrive at a big prize. You’re almost there. Buy just this one thing more and you’ll be happy. Buy this and you’ll finally know what we know.” Capitalism is a continual, perpetual tease. Trump understands this very well.