Ok, yes, awesome, sweet, tear jerking, and wonderful. Obviously, I love it. Personally, as much as I'm into the phenomenon surrounding the story, this is the exact sort of thing I've been noticing in day-to-day life for years now. No resentment here, I think it's awesome that the kid is getting all the props. Even the filmmaker, good for him. Truly. (Even the theme song, omm, ok, sure.) But I'm equally if not moreso intrigued by the actual objects in Caine's Arcade. The games. The art. (This includes the arcade as a Social Practice piece.)
And, I tweeted this today:
As I.....type......this...... sentence..... culture.......... is..........evolving........ faster.........so, is that a good thing? That's not the point here. The fact is, it's happening. The focus, instead, is that contemporary art, as something that develops over time, is changing faster and faster and we need to understand this phenomenon, as a culture. ("We" sort of always have, right?) Institutions are our cornerstones for this understanding. Or, are they? They always have been, but this collective understanding has clearly moved online. Experimental expression that happens on the streets, in galleries or other spaces, DOES have an impact on culture. But, where is the actual reach as far as our collective digestion? Online. Then, eventually, successful art is elevated to the museum setting. The problem I'm pointing out here is that the content in museums is moving further and further into the past because of the increasing acceleration of the changing culture.
Alas, the need for a contemporary art museum that curates based solely on viral art, and does so while the art is viral, so the emotional impact of the live exhibition carries the weight of the meaning, rather than our current situation wherein that meaningful impact occurs as we experience things on screens.
THIS JUST IN. That makes me think that institutions like The Exploratorium, OMSI and the New York Hall of Science are positioning themselves to be able to program on the fly. (Bjork didn't choose to perform at NYSCI out of random whimsy you understand.) The Maker Movement is moving in. There have been a lot of recent writings on the New Aesthetic art movement as well, I'm curious about overlap with this idea of insta-Museums as it relates to cultural digestion of contemporary art apart from the internet.
p.s. Just a note that I made this (relevant) neon sign in collaboration with TJ Norris a few years ago: