Saturday, March 17, 2012

Large Scale

A thought about the nature of scale in this here 21st century. 

Gabriel von Wayditch's opera Eretnekek is cited as running 8 1/2 hours in the Guinness book of World RecordsDie Meistersinger is listed as the longest "commonly performed opera," running 5 hr. 15 min., while Robert Wilson's The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin supposedly lasts over 12 hours, though I haven't seen it and couldn't say how much of an actual opera it is. I'm sure there have been even longer operas, but that's the official Guinness word.

How long did it take them to write, fund, and premiere those pieces? And, how many people have been in the audience for them?

In contrast, how long did it take someone to make "Batroll'd 10 Hours?"


Or "Epic Sax Guy 10 Hours," which has 14.5 million views:


Or "Amazing Horse 10 Hours," which has 9.5 million views:



The technology needed to infinitely expand the scale of art is out there, and this is what we are doing with it. Consider that as the heat from our cloud servers warms the ocean, helping us tumble towards enviro-apocalypse

Meanwhile, The Flaming Lips released a 6-hour song called I Found a Star on the Ground last year, which you can hear in 3 parts on Soundcloud:





On March 24 LACMA will screen Christian Marclay's The Clock again. The Clock is a 24 hour film collaged from snippets of movies that include clocks in them (always showing the actual time).

The definition of EPIC SCALE is entirely different now than ever before. To trump all others, there is the Clock of the Long Now, which runs for 10,000 years.


And there is a whole other movement of tiny and short things as well, but that's another story. Either way, SCALE seems to be a prominent subject of early 21st century art. 

Just a thought

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