Today I went to my first video performance seminar with John Pilson. I am inspired by the work he shared with us and challenged by his questions. After the screening segment of the class, students are encouraged to discuss current projects, show rough cuts and request feedback. I didn't have anything prepared but I did show him 'kenya eats a cracker'. As a frame of reference for my developing video work he mentioned Hennessy Youngman. I countered with the incomparable Chuleta. After seeing the video below John spoke of the importance of competition within communities. During the conversation I realized that I do have a standing expectation that black artists have a "kumbaya" mentality. While this is generally the case, there is something important about the underlying sense of competition. We are urged by our contemporaries to do better or differently and that urging need not be a gentle mention but a side eye shout against bullshit.
(I heart Chuleta.)