Francis Alÿs is the guest for the full hour of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. To download the show to your PC/mobile device, click here. Subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes, SoundCloud or RSS.
“Every year since 2001 Alÿs, at the highpoint of the dry season in March, drives his car to the southeast edge of Mexico City where smoky clouds rise from cornfields burning after the harvest, and grey swirls of ash and sand loom on the horizon. He carries his video camera and runs toward the tornadoes hoping to catch them as a surfer catches a wave. His nose and mouth are protected only by a handkerchief. Once he reaches one, he runs into the eye of the storm and stays as long as possible. This is an absurd act but he tries to forge a moment of bliss in the midst of chaos.” —Un-marked source
(The perfect allegory for life.)