This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Mexico City-based Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. 

Because Alÿs makes many of his films available via a Creative Commons license, each day this week will stream one of Alÿs’s videos.

Today’s film is Game Over (2011), a work Alÿs made for a contemporary art park in Culican, Mexico. Game Over is Alÿs’s witty engagement with the intense violence in the Mexican state of Sinaloa — and maybe the slight absurdity of the Botanical Garden of Culiacan, a contemporary art museum-cum-garden. (For some context regarding the Botanical Garden of Culiacan, see the web resources for the recent Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition “White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes.” The exhibition will travel to the Yale School of Architecture next month.)

Alÿs’s most recent film is REEL-UNREEL, a commission that debuted at last year’s Documenta. It’s now on view at David Zwirner gallery in New York. Alÿs made the film in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011.

Download the Alÿs episode of The Modern Art Notes Podcast to your PC/mobile device by clicking (or right-clicking) here. Subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunesSoundCloud or RSS. 

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