Have you done a famous thing, have you met a famous person? Maybe you could give a gift that would be famous, for 10 seconds, in an art work by Ryan Trecartin, who has known fame for way longer than 15 minutes.
You could go to Harbourfront Centre’s Power Ball, and maybe the clip you gave Trecartin would flash by on the screen, or on someone’s laptop in Kamloops, or in Russia. The Power Ball raises money for the Power Plant gallery, and this year’s theme is a quip by Andy Warhol too famous to need repeating here.
Several artists will provide installations and performance art that will put fame in everyone’s face, and quickly snatch it away again, just like Warhol said. The most famous of these artists is Trecartin, who got his renown from a series of videos and installations, mostly of kids acting up and talking the way kids do.
They’re social media kids, unrehearsed and sometimes peevish, unknown except for a zillion hits on YouTube and Vimeo, where you can see a lot of Trecartin’s work. His piece for the Power Ball, set up with Tumblr founder David Karp, puts tags on anonymous video clips and runs them in random sequence, so that no two feeds are the same.
You can see it for free right now, at Riverofthe.net, or on a big screen at the Power Ball for $180, including food, cocktails, DJs, art and other kinds of fun that have been famous for as long as there have been people. – Robert Everett Green