Meet in the Middle | The Art Assignment | Douglas Paulson and Christopher Robbins January 7, 2020 100 By Bernardo Ryan CategoryBlogTagsart art assignment art collaboration art project ideas Art projects art prompts artist artists christopher robbins contemporary Contemporary Art douglas pualson drawing drawings Fine Art (Literary Genre) flux factory Francis Alÿs (Author) John Green Marina Abramović (Author) meet in the middle new york city paint painting PBS pbs digital studios sarah urist green the art assignment The Arts (Literature Subject) theartassignment 100 Comments AVeryGreedyBee says: February 27, 2014 at 6:10 am Anyone near Canberra Australia that would like to meet in the middle? Reply Robert Nicholas says: February 27, 2014 at 9:55 am Trespassing is fun. Reply Klav Ulpato says: February 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm THE YETI!!! LOL. Reply jewpoc says: February 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm Wait. Was that some random persons property? Did they scare those people into leaving their own house and then hang out on their lawn? What if this were Texas or Florida? They could legally be shot for this. Reply gene says: February 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm When will other people's Art Assignment be posted on this website? Reply Kathy Trithardt says: February 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm Assignment One: Done! http://theonlykathytrithardt.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/meet-in-the-middle/ Reply Diana Sinton says: February 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm They could use this app and have different ways of deciding what "middle" means. http://www.geomidpoint.com/ Reply Emma Love says: February 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm Video ResponseVideo Response Art Assignment #1 Reply Kevin Redline says: February 28, 2014 at 3:55 am "And this time I'll remember you're a vegetarian" hit me so hard; lunch in the middle of a lake in the czech republic, and he couldn't even eat it… Reply Osmium says: February 28, 2014 at 6:53 am The thing about art is that it has nothing to do with the physical object. Music is art, yet it has no physical form and lasts but a moment. No, art is not physical, it's emotional. The only significance it has is from the value of the feeling that went into it. Reply Connie Koprowicz says: February 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm I'm going to meet a second-cousin for the first time. We're planning now. Very good! Reply susan watson says: February 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm Just completed #TheArtAssignment, you will see it soon. Reply Adam the Alien says: March 1, 2014 at 1:02 am This is a beautiful idea. Reply Adam DeBenedictis says: March 1, 2014 at 2:39 am I'm definitely gonna do this with one of my friends when we go to college. Or maybe all of them. We just find a point that's exactly the same distance from all of our colleges and go there. Reply Morgan Mase says: March 1, 2014 at 4:24 am sigh. if only all my friends didn't live 2500 miles away from me. Reply Mrs Dunham says: March 1, 2014 at 6:04 am Packing for this: snowshoes, climbing gear, thermos of hot chocolate and Bailey's, headlamp. Some scaling of chain link and barb wire fences in snowshoes may have been involved. The climbing gear was more for the nearby climbing gym, but drank our sugary booze and watched curling instead. Reply Olivia Bazley says: March 1, 2014 at 7:23 am Please make an Instagram account. Reply Alan Chen says: March 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm unrelated butmuch wowthe yeti Reply cathealey1 says: March 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm Is it me, or does John look THE LEAST EXCITED when he says "I'm very excited about this." Tired, eh, John? Reply swegsam says: March 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm oh my god. this channel is so cool pls don't stop. its using something usually antisocial like technology and taking it into the real world and wow original and cool help"this time ill remember you're a vegetarian" "yeah thanks" lol Reply Rena Coben says: March 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm It is really cool to see Sarah and John working together! I like Sarah. Something a bit ironic: they were talking about the beauty of New York…and then it cuts to a view of what is considered a gang sign at least near where I live. Reply Melanie Landinez says: March 2, 2014 at 3:33 am who wants to meet me in the middle? 🙂 Reply Justin Connors says: March 2, 2014 at 4:12 am 4:41 dont care, stopped watching. fuck off this sucked #art. dislike this and you dont like art. Reply mj kim says: March 2, 2014 at 4:53 am definitely doing this! Reply LeAnne Jones says: March 2, 2014 at 10:06 am I did this yesterday with my friend Liz! I just got the video up. She may be editing one of her own as well. It went great! We had a fantastic time. Reply Mal Radagast says: March 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm This is a ridiculously futile comment, but it's 4am and I feel like an exercise in futility. Being awesome and creative, being beautiful or heartbreaking or adventuresome…still doesn't mean art. Because if you broaden the definition of art so far as that, then NOTHING ISN'T ART. Which is metaphorically interesting, but no longer useful. I prefer – and since I'm toying with futility here, I may as well quote that universally despised woman – Ayn Rand's definition of art as the translation of a concept into a percept. Making an abstract thing concrete. Yes, you can still make the metaphysical/existentialist/semantic argument that this definition is the same as the broader everything-is-art definition, and by the letter it may, but that feels against the spirit of the thing. To illustrate your imagination – that is art. Reply Devin Burgess says: March 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm A great friend and I are both going to be in Japan at the same time this year, so maybe I can convince her to do this. We'll both live in separate parts of the country. Reply pete275 says: March 3, 2014 at 12:52 am The Yeti's voice is very annoying when she's reading the scripted dialog and acting like it's natural speech, like at the very beginning, and in the middle when she explains arts as a trigger. Let's get rid of scripts please? Reply ZombieIntheToaster says: March 4, 2014 at 12:03 am I love this. Reply Reading Ace says: March 4, 2014 at 2:30 am Haha "Christopher Robin!" Oh John… xDThis is amazing! Very interesting and creative, I love it! Reply Sam Girardin says: March 4, 2014 at 2:40 am The guy who made the kitty city is great. I love that idea. Would be so cool if we could do that at our humane society rather then the glass boxes they currently live in. Reply Miranda Susan says: March 4, 2014 at 11:44 am This is fantastic! Reply Jillian Porter says: March 5, 2014 at 12:58 am OMG. MOMA 2010 is the uniting of Marina Abramovic and Ulay and it is the tear jerkers of all tear jerkers! I can't believe their relationship was a widely known thing! Crazy. Also, this is Awesome. Reply ShazamOne says: March 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm Art for and with bourgeois white people. How original PBS! Reply Filip Dutkiewicz says: March 6, 2014 at 10:56 am So fresh Reply Hope Sears says: March 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm The sneaker thing is supposed to mean that there is a drug dealer nearby…..childhood ruined. Reply megan smith says: March 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm Shout out to Bard College making an appearance with "In This Hello America…" at 1:20. I didn't know that that happened on my campus. Sweet! Reply Jay Henderson says: March 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm As someone born into Art (Both my parents are Artists and it's like an – at least – 200 year old tradition on my Dad's side) I agree with John that 'on some level Art is painting' My Dad always told me that Art was a way of communicating and as much as anything can indeed be Art and it's interesting for an Artist to explore Art in different forms, if it doesn't communicate very well then is it very good Art?An Artist once bought a wooden chair, wrote his name on it and claimed it as his art. How good is that Art? Yes, it has form and color and you can read all kinds of meaning out of it but it's only art in the loosest sense.There was nothing deliberate in it and the Artist made no effort but still it can only be defined as Art because nothing can be defined as not Art, if someone claims to understand it as Art. But my question is what does it communicate? What was the Artist trying to say? All He seemed to be saying was that Art is everything and nothing and it was an attack on Art it's self but it's audience will always been limited because it communicates the bare minimum. I don't think this walk was very good as 'Art' I thing it was an amazing experience and what I've realized is that that's so much more profound than art. Art is a mirror to existence and experience but what's better is to experience and exist. Reply kevin yankou says: March 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm Christopher was late because he failed to compensate for the inevitable "sunshine traffic" on the Hutchinson River Parkway. Reply Grace Lenhart says: March 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! Wow, I must try this out with some friends… if only our meeting point wouldn't be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Reply MadriFilmArt says: March 12, 2014 at 2:11 am "…begs the question: 'Who, If Anyone, can you trust to meet you in the middle? Who do you trust to hold the other half of your tuba?' "Very profound and beautiful, Sarah! Reply rebornfun01 says: March 12, 2014 at 5:48 am What if your midpoint is in the middle of the ocean… Reply TheHandsofTheDevil says: March 12, 2014 at 11:33 am Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that they climbed into the tree on someone's private property as soon as they left the house? I know they tried asking permission first, but when they didn't get it they should have just sat on the edge of the street or sidewalk… Reply Kendra Mueller says: March 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm Very entertaining! Reply Kat Ermant says: March 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm omg i got here through tumblr but like chris robbins is a teacher at my school Reply 787theninja says: March 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm Interesting. Reply Brianna Burkholder says: March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm haha who do you trust to carry the other half of your tuba? phallic? no I'm just a perv. :l Reply Jana Khabouri says: March 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm Sarah and John are such a cute couple<3! Also Sarah is so pretty*.* Reply Christine Reardon says: March 18, 2014 at 12:36 am I tried this with a friend. We were supposed to meet yesterday. My car dies that morning. Because I am not a jerk, I broke the rules and called her to let her know. 🙁 Reply Beth Cannon says: March 21, 2014 at 2:38 am Well music is art… Reply David Jacobsen Loncle says: March 22, 2014 at 2:40 am John, I agree. This is one of those mind blowingly aggravating expressions of superfluous bourgeois self-aggrandizement. We keep expanding the meaning of the world art as if to test the boundries of meaninglessness. I love your work and I love art and I am so sad that so much contempoarary art leaves me feeling like I just watched board room of bankers group hugging. Reply Shad Hussain says: March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm The closer a nation comes to poverty (even though patriotism is nothing but collective ego possessed by one), the lower the value of artistic thought falls in the perspective of the entire population. Lucky you. I wish everyone the best. Reply linda zhang says: March 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm i was very skeptical, but then i fell in love after the beautiful explanation. Reply tamonator says: March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reminds me of Henry Hikes to Fitchburg. Reply Brandon Calvert says: March 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm skateboarding is art Reply Brandon Calvert says: March 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm geohashing is art Reply venjb says: March 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm Venesa's Art Assignment: Stakeout 😀 Reply Duke of Pants says: March 29, 2014 at 2:23 am The Yeti has never had so much camera time! Reply Ross Manuel says: March 29, 2014 at 2:29 am I tried this… the midpoint was the middle of thr pacific ocean Reply AndreaMGC says: March 29, 2014 at 8:29 am Sarah is your wife right? Its such a good thing you guys are married because I ship you two so hard. Reply kenrick encinas says: March 30, 2014 at 7:14 am this appears to be significantly more important to the artists then the viewers. perhaps the artists are the audience. Reply Victor F says: April 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm This is awesome 🙂Who wants to meet ?! Reply Nate Wheeler says: April 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm Art is symbol creation Reply Billy Giuliano says: April 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm You do know that the sneakers on the telephone wire means it's a spot for a drug deal right? Reply Paul Roth says: April 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm I did it, I did it! Along with my friend, Caitlin, of course. It was fun and made me nervous and excited and I got unexpected experiences out of it. Paul & Caitlin Meet in the Middle! (#theartassignment) Reply Paula H. says: April 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm I calculated the midpoint between me and my friend and it happened to be the exact place where we first met five years ago (+/- 100ft) Reply Tantamountninja says: April 15, 2014 at 3:14 am I trust no one to hold the other half if my tuba. They would probably dent it, then I would have to pay the $5,000, or whatever the contract with my school is. 😛 Reply pourAdaydream says: May 4, 2014 at 12:41 am Who do you trust to hold the other half of your tuba? Has a greater question ever been asked? Reply Courtney_2410 says: May 4, 2014 at 3:00 am the yeti is revealed!!!! Reply Katlyn Mendoza says: May 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm I am just going to fangirl for a minute and express how happy I am to see this. Christopher Robbins is a professor at my school, like SUNY Purchase has a purpose!!!! Also to see Sarah in action doing her thing as a Art Historian just ahhhhh <3 This is what encourages to become an Art Historian <3 Reply Shameless says: May 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm aaaaaaaaaand you'd need the money if you'd want to do that Reply voice of dan says: June 9, 2014 at 5:59 am This is such a great thing. Reply Rosanne Eschweiler says: June 27, 2014 at 10:22 am It's such a shame her voice is so incredibly nasal. I know I'm being superficial, but it's distracting me. Reply Rumple Stiltskin says: July 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm Art is whaaaa? Then I suppose art could be "Taking a Dump Artfully". People like you have bastardized the word "Art", to mean anything you want to mean, thus is it no longer art but "Expression". If you want to call it "Expressionism" then that would seem more suitable.You must understand that "A rose by any other name is still a Rose" !!! Reply Millie Me says: July 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm Is it just me, or does The Yeti look kind of like Idina Menzel? Reply JimLahey says: September 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm I think it is pretty clear Doug and Chris are fuck buddies. Reply Lindsay Marcus says: September 9, 2014 at 12:41 am Does anyone have any ideas on how to safely meet a random person like this? Reply Britt Oh says: September 15, 2014 at 3:03 am Who ever shot this footage did a beautiful job Reply soph51100 says: October 15, 2014 at 2:41 am The Yeti is the bomb! Reply Melissa Cruz says: November 28, 2014 at 5:18 am IS IT WRONG FOR ME TO BE TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THEY MENTIONED MY COUNTRY, BRIEFLY, IN THIS VIDEO? Reply blownspeakersss says: December 12, 2014 at 3:02 am Interesting assignment, but I have to agree with John here. I usually define art rather broadly, but I think this pushes the limits. Reply Katherine the Aroha says: December 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm in order for us to meet halfway, we'd have to boat out into the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. So, not happening. Reply Sapient Pearwood says: April 19, 2015 at 8:11 am intersting premise, decent video… TOTALLY misused the phrase "begs the question". To beg the question is to exhibit circular logic, never really answering the posed question. It does not mean to just ask a question… I'm surprised a woman who seems fairly erudite, and who is the wife of an author, would make that mistake. Reply Tucker Sabath says: June 19, 2015 at 2:06 am Makes sense that Doug would end the discussion of experience art because he's a classic example of the intentional art cliche, never unnecessarily provocative, nor that interesting, and generally speaking home in time for an in office relationship to both cement the hierarchy of well adjusted Trustfunders suffering from arrested development and cut some checks… or he's perfect for the experience art talk because of the pedestrians outside of the city comment where he ignores his own appearance as garden gnome, and implies his special status as object of others scrutiny…. it's your experience people, go to it. TODAY WE ARE All DOUGLAS PAULSON….. now quick bury the body. we don't talk about flux factory we don't talk about flux factory we don't talk about flux factory. Reply Ella Fearless says: August 2, 2015 at 11:38 am This is so fun I should have been in on this!!!! Reply Fruity and Reetz says: November 24, 2015 at 4:38 am I just proposed to do this with my sister and its in the middle of a river. With crocodiles. So now i'm thinking about adding a 3rd person so we move that spot slightly to land. Reply Coffee Abernethy says: February 7, 2016 at 8:25 am It doesn't beg the question… it raises the question. Reply Guest Informant says: August 6, 2016 at 7:48 am Missed opportunity: Those two people should have just walked straight past each other on the Great Wall… Reply Madeleine Benson says: September 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm Who thinks it's okay to climb a tree in a stranger's front garden? That's extremely rude! Reply Claudia Castrillon says: June 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm Are they a couple? I was hoping to see a kiss at the top of the tree Reply cece3cece says: July 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm Who's the performance "duet" by? The one where they meet in Venice. Thanks! Reply Ms. R says: May 18, 2018 at 2:39 am Who wants to meet in the middle Reply Alexander Moon says: July 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm Can I just say this was unexpectedly beautiful¡ Reply Sean Spicer says: November 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm wow full page color printouts of 9oo9le maps. intentional or not, that caused a reaction. Reply Stephen Morton says: December 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of Roy Ascott. I have been interested in the field of aesthetics for many years and had never heard of this author. Amazing stuff! Thanks again! Reply K Hayes says: December 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm lol this is cute as hell. Reply haras44005567 ali says: March 6, 2019 at 6:38 am Wow,the yetiHow comes I have never seen this before! Reply lighthouse119:105 says: April 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm Diamond Rio – Meet in the Middlehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59L6gMUad7Y Reply Conrad Green says: August 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm <3 thanks! Reply Oskar winters says: September 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm I mean i get that it's art but you are trespassing and i don't care how good it makes you feel, it's going to make the people who live there nervous and confused, it might effect their sleep. You should get permission first. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.