This week is an active week for me online. I made a lighthearted joke about the stars aligning when three new episodes from three different Web series I am featured in posted online earlier this week. The truth is, I am actually involved in five Web series this year (so far).
I keep pondering and asking myself: What does this mean? Is everything really moving online? Does this mean I'm still relevant? Am I a web series ho, indentured servant (trade for press), or a potential mogul? Should I be thinking of the web as a serious business? Or perhaps, I am just living the life of an Art Star, experiencing the ups, downs, shifts, turns, changes and uncertainties that come with new terrains.
In late 2010, I agreed to be filmed for the Art 21 series, "New York Close Up." I was followed around for a few days, interviewed about my work, and even gave a few performances. I was not sure how it would turn out or how many installments they would get out of the material shot, however. From what I am told, there will be three. (Below is the second.) In this episode, I make my way around the 2011 Armory Show in NYC.
In September 2011, after spending weeks in talks to do a reality show that all of sudden fell apart, I posted my status on Facebook and within three minutes another opportunity had presented itself. I was asked to participate in the art docu-series "Art/Trek." This time I would find an artist who had never had a solo art exhibition. Oddly enough, I had just began teaching a performance studies course at NYU and a student by the name of Eseohe Arhebamen who also goes by Edoheart walked into my office and began telling me the things she had accomplished and what she still wanted to accomplish: an opportunity to exhibit in the New York contemporary art world. Later, I encouraged her and the rest of my students to submit work, and I also put out a call. I wanted to be fair to everyone including myself. After all, I had to defend the artist's work to the rest of the panel. Check out the episode below...
The final episode was taped March 8 at the Volta Art Fair in NYC.
Not too long after filming the "Art/Trek" series, I was recommended and invited to participate in a four part series called "Music Loves Art" sponsored by Spotify and Vice Magazine held at Ricochet Bar and Lounge, a new spot that opened up in Miami during Art Basel. This was a pairing of visual artists with musicians. I have to say, it was quite interesting, engaging, and I was quite happy I met the guys from TV on the Radio. Check out the episode we share below, which was filmed on Dec. 2, 2011.
As the end of 2011 came upon us, I agreed to do a 10-episode Web series for Rabbit.TV, an Internet channel by my good friend James Franco on whosay. A new episode posts every Monday night around 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Episode 3 "Get Rid of____" has posted. "Melody Set Me Free" will continue on indefinitely. Stay Tuned!
Lastly, a few weeks ago, my good friends here at The Huffington Post asked if I would participate in a new series in the Arts section called "The Moment I Knew I Wanted To Become An Artist." I was happy to! Why not share? This series is open to all artistic minds. All are encouraged to submit! Check out my entry below (and submit your own entry here).
I am still not sure what to make out of my new presence on the Web, but I can say that I feel I should keep going until I am completely washed up... plunged... wore out. Even then, I am the type of personality who would get up, flip it, jump back on it, and give it another ride.
Let's see where this goes!