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Foreign Correspondunce: The View

October 20, 2009
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No seriously, I’m BIG in Ireland

By Jenna

The following began as an ode to Stanley Kubrick.  And by ‘the following’ I don’t mean this post, I mean the events that I am going to relay.  I suppose I should have more reverence for Kubrick, but mostly he occupies that space in my mind reserved for directors about whom I realize are a big deal, but I’d rather not stretch myself in trying to figure out why.  Right, so the brilliance that is my friend Annie was called upon to submit a piece for a group show inspired by the films of Kubrick.  Annie immediately hatched a concept involving The Shining, me and Photoshop.  Her piece, 30 Years Later (Fig. A), ended up looking like this:

shining

(Fig. A, author on the left, and the right)

As you can see, Annie, much to her credit, managed to make me look even more deranged than usual.  Kudos.

The show opened a couple of weeks ago and I was hardly surprised to find that Annie’s piece was one of three that I, in my infinite wisdom on such subjects, deemed not only well-conceived, but well-executed.  The rest, crap.

The curator of the show has quite a talent for P.R.  The show has received a great deal of coverage, more than perhaps it is worthy of.  However, this is where my story really takes off.  Dublin has a televised weekly review programme entitled, The View.  I’ve seen it once or twice.  It involves four panellists sitting around a table discussing what they think is good and bad on the film/theatre/literature/et. al. scene whilst maintaining a stony poker face.  They end up looking something like this (Fig. B):

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(Fig. B The View panellists try to psych each other out)

Why they have not called upon my services I’m sure I can’t say, as my poker face is indeed a marvel, some say on par with Woodrow Wilson.  However, since they have recently reviewed ‘Taming Light’, my unintended audition might sway them.  I give you Figures C-E:

The View C

(Fig. C. ‘Introducing our 5th and 6th panellists)

The View A

(Fig. D. ‘I don’t think my mic is on.’)

The View B

(Fig. E. ‘I totally agree.’)

For a viewing of my massive and unhinged visage floating in space, you can go here:

http://www.rte.ie/tv/theview/ and click on the clip for ‘Taming Light’.  How these people weren’t totally weirded out by double me looming in the background I just don’t know.  It appears, however, I was completely ready for my close-up.

Annie’s photo:  10/10

My floating head:  9/10

The exhibition: ‘Taming Light’:  4/10

The View’s failure to mention Annie’s name, the piece on view OR the creepy model: 0/10

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