Scene: Is Art Alien?
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Scene: Is Art Alien?

The AGO, at least a couple of artists, and a whole lot of stormtroopers would like an answer to that question.

WHERE: Art Gallery of Ontario

WHEN: April 3, 2014

WHAT: The launch of the AGO’s Intergalactic Art Project, inspired by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins and their sculpture piETa. It’s not surprising that this sculpture would find itself mixed up in a project of the intergalactic variety: the artwork plays with the traditional notion of the Pietà by taking as its subjects E.T. and Yoda.

The artists were on hand last night to discuss their work, but things took an unplanned and totally unexpected turn when, just before their talk was scheduled to end, 18 stormtroopers turned up, kidnapped the artists, and then paraded them around the gallery while searching for an answer to the question, “Is art alien?”

The Intergalactic Art Project, the AGO informs us, “asks people across the GTA, Canada and the known Universe to answer the world’s most common questions about art. Is this art, or just pop culture? Is it instant, or just Instagram? Does it matter, or anti-matter? Is it alien, or a mirror of ourselves?” Should filmmakers be allowed to belatedly “update” their science-fiction masterworks by introducing awkward new computer-generated sequences and making Ewoks sing stupid new songs that sound unpleasant and strange? Ah, the eternal questions.