All works of art are messages of one kind or another; If you don't want a response, or fear that it won't be the one you want to hear, why make things at all? As soon as the artist finishes it and puts it "out there" his work is done. Mr. Best PROBABLY did NOT choreograph each individual lick of fire that consumed the temple, so CHANCE and OUTSIDE INFLUENCES were free to introduce themselves. If I had had a laser pointer during that burn and the intent to use it, I would have respectfully declined to do so had Best requested it within my earshot...but only out of courtesy to a fellow artist.Tricky wrote: as an artist who's spent years facilitating interactive art projects, I think any artist who's bringing a piece (especially one of such scale) to Black Rock City's playa, should be prepared to let go of any notions about how it should be appriecated/interacted with. :
MAny years ago I was walking in downtown Ann Arbor with my girlfriend when we came across a large gathering of people. It turned out to be a "Take Back The Night" rally, and we listened with approval and enthusiasm to the speakers until the march began and then participated. It was a very enjoyable experience, and a cause which I support and believe in, and it all would have remained a happy memory if I hadn't been accused of being a RAPIST because I went on the march....Although it was not announced to the general masses, it was SUPPOSED to be an all-woman march....I was guilty of unwittingly violating their protocols, but felt as though I was being punished for expressing my support.