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 Paradox of Praxis 1 (Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing) (1997), a work Alÿs made in Mexico City. It is one of Alÿs’s many considerations of futility, a theme we discussed at length on this week’s MAN Podcast. We also discussed ‘part two’ of this piece, about which Alÿs has been thinking for 15 years, including on the Mexico City subway the morning on which we talked.
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.