Thursday, May 15, 2008

Various run-ins

I was thinking about plop art, still. I was wondering if it is possible for music to be plop art; or site specific for that matter.

For instance, if I were sitting in the park and a mariachi band walked up playing jovial tunes, I would consider this a piece of 'plop' music. I'd give it this consideration because I could be in any park, and the songs could be sung to anyone -- and the outcome would generally be the same.

However, sitting in a karaoke bar at the moment, I would consider that if someone were to take a karaoke song and individualize the lyrics -- for instance, free-style rapping or making their own satirical, comedic lyrics -- I would consider this site-specific music.

While the situations are generally similar, being that I don't have control over whether someone freestyles, or a mariachi band walks up randomly, I feel that there are basic differences.

I need to be in a karaoke bar for the context of freestyling through a song to make sense. If someone were to walk up while I was at Mariachi Park, it would be an instance of plop music. I have experienced a freestyle that can happen anywhere. But...

The distinction between plop and site-specific art is hazy enough, by adding the element of music the whole thing is entirely abstracted. I almost feel like once you've moved into music, you aren't exploring art so much as exploring the furthest parameters of what is defined by 'site-specific' or 'plop' 'art'.

I think that the bool function of this and/or would be almost overlapping.

Anyways. I only asked two people about what the Alberta neighborhood needs, and I get two very different answers.

The first woman that responded us was because i switched from the cordial greetings to a 'shock and awe' tactic. As we walked back from our wanderings, a poor, poor unfortunate woman came around the corner and I said ( a bit loudly and forcefully I suppose) "What does this neighborhood need?". No other cues, no hellos for that matter. Her response, after some wheedling was that the neighborhood could use bike-lanes, and perhaps a park.

The next person we ran into (at the bus stop on the corner of 15 and alberta) responded to a slightly more congenially phrased inquiry with: "You'll know what i think this neighborhood needs when I do it." (is he implying that he is going to blow it up? or mine under all the streets collecting the wealth that falls through the floorboards with a complex system of tunnels, not unlike those found in the 1969 classic Paint Your Wagon starring a young Clint Eastwood and a not so young Lee Marvin, until one day the whole gig is up and it all comes crumbling down.

Really, it left me wondering.

Now I'm thinking that if he did that, although logistically it would be more difficult, he should do it in the Pearl. The risks are higher, but really the gains far outweigh those risks.

Maybe I'll do it.

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