the show: 01-31-07

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(Introduction by a young man in a white, full-body jumpsuit)

Hey sports racers. Nothing takes you from zero to awesome faster than a Tyvec body suit. You're watching the show with Ze Frank.

(Cut to Ze)

I don't feel so good today. I had to drink a barium milkshake, and it turns out I don't like barium milkshakes. So lets just play "that makes me think of":

Blissfork writes "do you feel safe drinking your tap water?"

(Shot of Ze looking worriedly at a glass of tap water, knife to his own throat) Not always.

Pirateboy writes "My pillow has a picture of a moose on it, is that weird?"

No. Unless it wasn't there yesterday.

(Pirateboy continued) "Do you have a tattoo?"

Yeah, I did my eyeball so I can see my tattoo on everyone else.

Its a scorpion. And there's hearts.

Bianka writes "What do you do when you suddenly become disillusioned with everything that was important to you yesterday?"

You start working on something that will disillusion you tomorrow.

Shabbasgoy writes "What are your thoughts on the creator and created? You put something out into the world and it becomes not yours."

In college a friend of mine told a group of us about a memory he had from when he was very young.

He remembered that after each time he made a poop he stood there and watched the toilet flush.

He would stand there and wave and say "Bye-bye, doodie. Bye-bye."

From then on we called him "Doodie Man".

Years earlier Marcel Duchamp gave a talk called "The Creative Act" to a group of people in Houston Texas.

In his case however he was talking about art, not poop.

Duchamp argued that creative act, or making something, involved not only the artist and the art being made, but the spectator as well.

That pissed a lot of artists off.

He was very interested in the difference between what the artist wanted and what actually (Loud burp)...

and what actually happened.

He called this difference the personal art coefficient, and said it was like a relation between the unexpressed but intended and the unintentionally expressed.

After a piece of art has been made, this is the stuff that the artist no longer has control over.

But the spectator does.

The artist may say:

"This painting represents man's clinging hope as he slowly descends into the inevitable void."

But the spectator may say:

"Hey doesn't that kinda look like a spoon? That would look nice in my bathroom."

Bye-bye, doodie. Bye-bye.

When Duchamp wrote this in 1957, for most people that made things, spectators weren't that easy to come by.

Since then things have changed a little bit. (holds fingers close together)

For many of us that publish words or pictures or videos online

the idea that the audience has a role to play seems very natural.

That's why I like eighty percent.

When your eighty percent done, you have most of your work behind you.

The end is in sight, but you're not done and you can still hold onto the hope that this one will come out just right.

At eighty percent I also start to become aware of the spectator.

Start to become aware that what I made will soon be in someone else's hands.

And in the time that's left I get ready to flush.

Bye-bye, doodie. Bye-bye.

(Image of a comment from Albull stating "Me... the theme should be me.")

(Cut to black with the words "IT IS")



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