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 MANPodcast.com 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.