100 thoughts on “Meet in the Middle | The Art Assignment | Douglas Paulson and Christopher Robbins

  • February 27, 2014 at 6:10 am
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    Anyone near Canberra Australia that would like to meet in the middle?

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  • February 27, 2014 at 9:55 am
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    Trespassing is fun.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    THE YETI!!! LOL.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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    Wait. Was that some random persons property? Did they scare those people into leaving their own house and then hang out on their lawn? What if this were Texas or Florida? They could legally be shot for this. 

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  • February 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    When will other people's Art Assignment be posted on this website?

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  • February 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    Assignment One: Done! http://theonlykathytrithardt.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/meet-in-the-middle/

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  • February 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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    They could use this app and have different ways of deciding what "middle" means.  http://www.geomidpoint.com/ 

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  • February 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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    Video Response
    Video Response Art Assignment #1

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  • February 28, 2014 at 3:55 am
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    "And this time I'll remember you're a vegetarian" hit me so hard; lunch in the middle of a lake in the czech republic, and he couldn't even eat it…

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  • February 28, 2014 at 6:53 am
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    The thing about art is that it has nothing to do with the physical object. Music is art, yet it has no physical form and lasts but a moment. No, art is not physical, it's emotional. The only significance it has is from the value of the feeling that went into it.

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  • February 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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    I'm going to meet a second-cousin for the first time. We're planning now. Very good!

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  • February 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm
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    Just completed #TheArtAssignment, you will see it soon.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 1:02 am
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    This is a beautiful idea.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 2:39 am
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    I'm definitely gonna do this with one of my friends when we go to college. Or maybe all of them. We just find a point that's exactly the same distance from all of our colleges and go there.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 4:24 am
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    sigh.
    if only all my friends didn't live 2500 miles away from me.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 6:04 am
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    Packing for this: snowshoes, climbing gear, thermos of hot chocolate and Bailey's, headlamp.  Some scaling of chain link and barb wire fences in snowshoes may have been involved.  The climbing gear was more for the nearby climbing gym, but drank our sugary booze and watched curling instead.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 7:23 am
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    Please make an Instagram account.

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  • March 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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    unrelated but
    much wow
    the yeti

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  • March 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Is it me, or does John look THE LEAST EXCITED when he says "I'm very excited about this." Tired, eh, John?

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  • March 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm
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    oh my god. this channel is so cool pls don't stop. its using something usually antisocial like technology and taking it into the real world and wow original and cool help
    "this time ill remember you're a vegetarian" "yeah thanks" lol

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  • March 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    It is really cool to see Sarah and John working together! I like Sarah. Something a bit ironic: they were talking about the beauty of New York…and then it cuts to a view of what is considered a gang sign at least near where I live.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 3:33 am
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    who wants to meet me in the middle? 🙂 

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  • March 2, 2014 at 4:12 am
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    4:41 dont care, stopped watching. fuck off this sucked #art. dislike this and you dont like art.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 4:53 am
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    definitely doing this!

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  • March 2, 2014 at 10:06 am
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    I did this yesterday with my friend Liz! I just got the video up. She may be editing one of her own as well. It went great! We had a fantastic time.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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    This is a ridiculously futile comment, but it's 4am and I feel like an exercise in futility.  Being awesome and creative, being beautiful or heartbreaking or adventuresome…still doesn't mean art.  Because if you broaden the definition of art so far as that, then NOTHING ISN'T ART.  Which is metaphorically interesting, but no longer useful.  I prefer – and since I'm toying with futility here, I may as well quote that universally despised woman – Ayn Rand's definition of art as the translation of a concept into a percept.  Making an abstract thing concrete.  Yes, you can still make the metaphysical/existentialist/semantic argument that this definition is the same as the broader everything-is-art definition, and by the letter it may, but that feels against the spirit of the thing.  To illustrate your imagination – that is art.

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  • March 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm
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    A great friend and I are both going to be in Japan at the same time this year, so maybe I can convince her to do this. We'll both live in separate parts of the country.

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  • March 3, 2014 at 12:52 am
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    The Yeti's voice is very annoying when she's reading the scripted dialog and acting like it's natural speech, like at the very beginning, and in the middle when she explains arts as a trigger. Let's get rid of scripts please?

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  • March 4, 2014 at 12:03 am
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    I love this.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 2:30 am
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    Haha "Christopher Robin!" Oh John… xD
    This is amazing! Very interesting and creative, I love it! 

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  • March 4, 2014 at 2:40 am
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    The guy who made the kitty city is great. I love that idea. Would be so cool if we could do that at our humane society rather then the glass boxes they currently live in.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 11:44 am
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    This is fantastic!

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  • March 5, 2014 at 12:58 am
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    OMG. MOMA 2010 is the uniting of Marina Abramovic and Ulay and it is the tear jerkers of all tear jerkers! I can't believe their relationship was a widely known thing! Crazy. Also, this is Awesome. 

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  • March 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    Art for and with bourgeois white people. How original PBS!

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  • March 6, 2014 at 10:56 am
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    So fresh

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  • March 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm
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    The sneaker thing is supposed to mean that there is a drug dealer nearby…..childhood ruined.

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  • March 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    Shout out to Bard College making an appearance with "In This Hello America…" at 1:20. I didn't know that that happened on my campus. Sweet!

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  • March 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    As someone born into Art (Both my parents are Artists and it's like an – at least – 200 year old tradition on my Dad's side) I agree with John that 'on some level Art is painting'

    My Dad always told me that Art was a way of communicating and as much as anything can indeed be Art and it's interesting for an Artist to explore Art in different forms, if it doesn't communicate very well then is it very good Art?
    An Artist once bought a wooden chair, wrote his name on it and claimed it as his art. How good is that Art? Yes, it has form and color and you can read all kinds of meaning out of it but it's only art in the loosest sense.
    There was nothing deliberate in it and the Artist made no effort but still it can only be defined as Art because nothing can be defined as not Art, if someone claims to understand it as Art.

    But my question is what does it communicate? What was the Artist trying to say? All He seemed to be saying was that Art is everything and nothing and it was an attack on Art it's self but it's audience will always been limited because it communicates the bare minimum.

    I don't think this walk was very good as 'Art' I thing it was an amazing experience and what I've realized is that that's so much more profound than art. Art is a mirror to existence and experience but what's better is to experience and exist. 

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  • March 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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    Christopher was late because he failed to compensate for the inevitable "sunshine traffic" on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! Wow, I must try this out with some friends… if only our meeting point wouldn't be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! 

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  • March 12, 2014 at 2:11 am
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    "…begs the question: 'Who, If Anyone, can you trust to meet you in the middle? Who  do you trust to hold the other half of your tuba?'  "
    Very profound and beautiful, Sarah!

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  • March 12, 2014 at 5:48 am
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    What if your midpoint is in the middle of the ocean…

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  • March 12, 2014 at 11:33 am
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    Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that they climbed into the tree on someone's private property as soon as they left the house? I know they tried asking permission first, but when they didn't get it they should have just sat on the edge of the street or sidewalk…

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  • March 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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    Very entertaining!

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  • March 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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    omg i got here through tumblr but like chris robbins is a teacher at my school 

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  • March 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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    Interesting.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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    haha who do you trust to carry the other half of your tuba? phallic? no I'm just a perv. :l

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  • March 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    Sarah and John are such a cute couple<3! Also Sarah is so pretty*.*

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  • March 18, 2014 at 12:36 am
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    I tried this with a friend. We were supposed to meet yesterday. My car dies that morning. Because I am not a jerk, I broke the rules and called her to let her know. 🙁

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  • March 21, 2014 at 2:38 am
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    Well music is art…

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  • March 22, 2014 at 2:40 am
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    John, I agree.  This is one of those mind blowingly aggravating expressions of superfluous bourgeois self-aggrandizement.  We keep expanding the meaning of the world art  as if to test the boundries of meaninglessness.  I love your work and I love art and I am so sad that so much contempoarary art leaves me feeling like I just watched board room of bankers group hugging.

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  • March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    The closer a nation comes to poverty (even though patriotism is nothing but collective ego possessed by one), the lower the value of artistic thought falls in the perspective of the entire population. Lucky you. I wish everyone the best.

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  • March 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    i was very skeptical, but then i fell in love after the beautiful explanation.

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  • March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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    Reminds me of Henry Hikes to Fitchburg.

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  • March 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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    skateboarding is art

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  • March 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    geohashing is art

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  • March 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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    Venesa's Art Assignment: Stakeout 😀 

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  • March 29, 2014 at 2:23 am
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    The Yeti has never had so much camera time!

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  • March 29, 2014 at 2:29 am
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    I tried this… the midpoint was the middle of thr pacific ocean

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  • March 29, 2014 at 8:29 am
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    Sarah is your wife right? Its such a good thing you guys are married because I ship you two so hard. 

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  • March 30, 2014 at 7:14 am
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    this appears to be significantly more important to the artists then the viewers. perhaps the artists are the audience.

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  • April 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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    This is awesome 🙂
    Who wants to meet ?!

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  • April 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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    Art is symbol creation

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  • April 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    You do know that the sneakers on the telephone wire means it's a spot for a drug deal right?

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  • April 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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    I did it, I did it! Along with my friend, Caitlin, of course. It was fun and made me nervous and excited and I got unexpected experiences out of it. Paul & Caitlin Meet in the Middle! (#theartassignment)

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  • April 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    I calculated the midpoint between me and my friend and it happened to be the exact place where we first met five years ago (+/- 100ft)

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  • April 15, 2014 at 3:14 am
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    I trust no one to hold the other half if my tuba. They would probably dent it, then I would have to pay the $5,000, or whatever the contract with my school is. 😛

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  • May 4, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    Who do you trust to hold the other half of your tuba?  Has a greater question ever been asked?

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  • May 4, 2014 at 3:00 am
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    the yeti is revealed!!!!

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  • May 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    I am just going to fangirl for a minute and express how happy I am to see this. Christopher Robbins is a professor at my school, like SUNY Purchase has a purpose!!!! Also to see Sarah in action doing her thing as a Art Historian just ahhhhh <3 This is what encourages to become an Art Historian <3

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  • May 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    aaaaaaaaaand you'd need the money if you'd want to do that

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  • June 9, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    This is such a great thing.

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  • June 27, 2014 at 10:22 am
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    It's such a shame her voice is so incredibly nasal. I know I'm being superficial, but it's distracting me.

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  • July 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    Art is whaaaa?  Then I suppose art could be "Taking a Dump Artfully".  People like you have bastardized the word "Art", to mean anything you want to mean, thus is it no longer art but "Expression".  If you want to call it "Expressionism" then that would seem more suitable.
    You must understand that "A rose by any other name is still a Rose" !!!

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  • July 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    Is it just me, or does The Yeti look kind of like Idina Menzel?

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  • September 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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    I think it is pretty clear Doug and Chris are fuck buddies.

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  • September 9, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    Does anyone have any ideas on how to safely meet a random person like this?

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  • September 15, 2014 at 3:03 am
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    Who ever shot this footage did a beautiful job

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  • October 15, 2014 at 2:41 am
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    The Yeti is the bomb!

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  • November 28, 2014 at 5:18 am
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    IS IT WRONG FOR ME TO BE TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THEY MENTIONED MY COUNTRY, BRIEFLY, IN THIS VIDEO? 

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  • December 12, 2014 at 3:02 am
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    Interesting assignment, but I have to agree with John here. I usually define art rather broadly, but I think this pushes the limits.

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  • December 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    in order for us to meet halfway, we'd have to boat out into the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. So, not happening. 

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  • April 19, 2015 at 8:11 am
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    intersting premise, decent video… TOTALLY misused the phrase "begs the question". To beg the question is to exhibit circular logic, never really answering the posed question. It does not mean to just ask a question… I'm surprised a woman who seems fairly erudite, and who is the wife of an author, would make that mistake.

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  • June 19, 2015 at 2:06 am
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    Makes sense that Doug would end the discussion of experience art because he's a classic example of the intentional art cliche, never unnecessarily provocative, nor that interesting, and generally speaking home in time for an in office relationship to both cement the hierarchy of well adjusted Trustfunders suffering from arrested development and cut some checks… or he's perfect for the experience art talk because of the pedestrians outside of the city comment where he ignores his own appearance as garden gnome, and implies his special status as object of others scrutiny…. it's your experience people, go to it. TODAY WE ARE All DOUGLAS PAULSON….. now quick bury the body. we don't talk about flux factory we don't talk about flux factory we don't talk about flux factory.

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  • August 2, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    This is so fun I should have been in on this!!!!

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  • November 24, 2015 at 4:38 am
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    I just proposed to do this with my sister and its in the middle of a river. With crocodiles. So now i'm thinking about adding a 3rd person so we move that spot slightly to land.

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  • February 7, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    It doesn't beg the question… it raises the question.

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  • August 6, 2016 at 7:48 am
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    Missed opportunity: Those two people should have just walked straight past each other on the Great Wall…

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  • September 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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    Who thinks it's okay to climb a tree in a stranger's front garden? That's extremely rude!

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  • June 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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    Are they a couple? I was hoping to see a kiss at the top of the tree

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  • July 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Who's the performance "duet" by? The one where they meet in Venice. Thanks!

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  • May 18, 2018 at 2:39 am
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    Who wants to meet in the middle

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  • July 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    Can I just say this was unexpectedly beautiful¡

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  • November 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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    wow full page color printouts of 9oo9le maps. intentional or not, that caused a reaction.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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    Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of Roy Ascott. I have been interested in the field of aesthetics for many years and had never heard of this author. Amazing stuff! Thanks again!

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  • December 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    lol this is cute as hell.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Wow,the yeti
    How comes I have never seen this before!

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  • April 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    Diamond Rio – Meet in the Middle
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59L6gMUad7Y

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    <3 thanks!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    I mean i get that it's art but you are trespassing and i don't care how good it makes you feel, it's going to make the people who live there nervous and confused, it might effect their sleep. You should get permission first.

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