Art for Art’s Sake

Radio Radio

Saturday, July 30

Answer me this: in how many places can you watch experimental films, listen to experimental music and look at experimental artwork, merely by swiveling your head?

This collage by Jason Pierce hung along with work by artists at Radio Radio last weekend. Radio Radio in Fountain Square proved itself Saturday night to be just such a venue, and since it’s sort of a bar, too, there were drinks present — which seemed to have a way of making “experiments” easier to appreciate. Art for Art’s Sake sprawled throughout the space’s 3500 square feet, with 40 or 50 collage/postcards from Big Car Gallery dangling from wires strung across the northeast sector, short movies by AnC Movies (pronounced “Aink”) flickering along the wall bordering Prospect Street, and coffin-sized speakers at the back of the room issuing forth rhythmic racket courtesy of Hoti (pronounced “Hoe-tie”), ESW, and DJ Creatureman. But that’s just layout. For the ever-important and elusive quality of “feel,” as in “Yes, I understand there was projected light and noisiness, but what did it feel like?” I defer to Hoti’s Vess Ruhtenberg, who, while ambling around the room before performing, looked up at a Beck video being shown on an overhead monitor and earnestly asked if someone in the room had directed it. I laughed, thinking he was kidding, then stopped, realizing he wasn’t, then laughed, explaining it was a famous French director, then stopped again, realizing it wasn’t a bad guess. Multi-sensory, multi-genre, and multimedia, Art for Art’s Sake was the kind of event that has a lot of “for more information” lines. And I hear they’re planning something similar for October. For more info: www.futureshock.net (Radio Radio), www.bigcar.org, www.eswmusic.com, www.ancmovies.com, and you can learn more about Hoti or DJ Creatureman by poking around online a little until they get their own sites.

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