Just when I thought the "Gangnam Style"-age had left us for good, this video showed up in my inbox today. The subject — the pretension and opacity of some types of art — is right up my alley. The execution, however, is something else altogether. Something else really terrible and hackish. It's more of a comment on how sad it is when middle-aged people trying to grab onto youthful relevancy but miss the mark by about two months, which is excruciatingly long in Internet years. They end up seeming more out of touch than anything else. Is it possible to squeeze any insight out of this video? It's hard to say. Maybe if you're out of touch, too.
Included in the press release, which was from UCAN (Understanding your Creative and Aesthetic Nature) — a likewise terrible-seeming group dedicated to "reversing the downward spiral of culture" that is also based in Florida — is this quote, which is the one redeeming part of the whole thing. So I'm including it here for balance.
The Art Mafia have mounted a decades long brainwashing campaign with the effect that intelligent people, who in other domains are completely rational, lose their self-confidence and say, "Maybe it's really art but I can't really say. I haven't the expertise." The proponents of the Modern are very clever pranksters. Indeed, many of them freely admit it when they get a bit drunk. —Ephraim Kishon