Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Over the past few months, I have had numerous conversations with friends about what I can only say is my own lack of knowledge, despite my interest in know, about other arts related fields and in particular their status in Indy. I think at times a number of my friends assume I think of little more than art and perhaps movies. But I can tell you this is not the case. While I will say that my main interest lies in the visual arts, I am interested in a number of other areas and fields from cooking to cryptozoology. Similar to my interest in attending the IMA's design symposium so I could better understand this field which I consider myself lacking in knowledge, I am wondering who I should be aware of in Indy.
Who are the best chefs in Indy? Who are the most innovative chefs in Indy?
Who are the top designers in Indy? Who are the most innovative designers in Indy?
Who are the best architects? The most innovative architects?
Who are the best filmmakers? Most innovative?
The best fashion designers? Most innovative?
The best actors/actresses? Most innovative?
The best theater directors? Most innovative?
The best musicians? Most innovative?
If put on the spot, I could give you my personal top 5 artists in Indy or even my top 5 movies of all time. But what I am interested to find out is the answer to many of the above questions. How might knowing this information, being connected to people who are at the top of their game in other fields, impact the local art scene. Are there ways in which to blur the boundaries between these diverse groups? Is this already happening under my nose? I am reminded of a television series on the Sundance Channel called Iconoclasts which has often entertained and inspired me. For those who are unfamiliar with it, it basically films one on one discussions between well known people from diverse backgrounds, like the pairing of Ed Ruscha with Stella McCartney.
I am not exactly sure if we will be able to come up with some answers to these on this blog, even though I would love to. But the point being this... Maybe we should look outside our scene on occassion and see what else in Indy is worth embracing. And perhaps one day those areas will one day embrace the arts.