PPD Day One: Termite Art

Day One is DONE!

As I was planning this project, I happened upon some of the writings of Emmanuel "Manny" Farber, a film critic who was active and influential from the 1940s through the 1970s. Among his many iconoclastic opinions was his disdain for films he referred to as "White Elephant Art". Farber viewed films in this category as overly grandiose and self-indulgent (think "Oscar bait") and instead preferred smaller, more intimate experimental films. He referred to this second category as "Termite Art".

As I read Farber's 1962 essay "White Elephant Art and Termite Art", I was struck by Farber's description of Termite Art. Farber writes: "The most inclusive description of the art is that, termite-like, it feels its way through walls of particularizations with no sign that the artist has any object in mind other than eating away the immediate boundaries of his art, and turning these boundaries into conditions of the next achievement."  

Which is pretty much what I'm trying to do this month - push myself to make something new every day. In the spirit of Termite Art, this piece is sometimes a little "peckish" and percussive, sometimes delicate and searching, and always aiming restlessly for the next boundary to push.

Download PPD1 - Termite Art