Updates on Reality TV

July 19, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard


Ok. So. Lil Elote the ever illustrious and long-standing hero of the Green Lantern has made it to round two of the forthcoming emerging artist reality tv show. From what I’ve surmised this means that out of 600 or so contestants, he made enough of an impression via character and creative talent to make a five minute bio video about himself, at the end of which he will be showing a new piece of art work. Said video is supposed to be mailed to the production team, overnight on Monday. Presumably they’ll want to see how people interact with a camera, how charming, world-wise and amusing. I have to admit that I would love to be a fly on the wall as Hollywood production folks talk over which contestants they think will be a good match. It seems likely that, at this point, it’s going to be about constructing an interesting TV show–like baking a cake they’ll be looking for combinations of people and art styles. Who knows. This post is admittedly speculative, but we’re rooting for the Lil Elote/Miss Tina team, obviously.

Artist Reality TV

July 12, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard


Guess what? Here is a million dollar idea, coming your way. Rumor has it there are auditions at SAIC this summer, so all the strapping young Creators (lil elote?) can audition to participate in a project-runway style show about emerging artists. Lord knows what Sarah Jessica Parker will have to teach people about art and career (although maybe the tutorial will have more to do with celebrity and self-promotion?), but from what I understand she will be assuming the role of Tyra Banks.

How the show will work, I don’t know. Is it a good idea to try out for auditions? It seems to me, if you’re curious enough it’s worth checking out, although like any successful reality show, it will likely exploit. The trick, it seems to me, is whether those participating can reciprocally exploit, or manipulate, the artificial context.

There is a good post about it here, and the auditions are on Thursday, July 16, 10 AM – 2 PM, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, 33 State Street.