The Art of Sharing, A Dozen Dresses, Photography of Fred Stein, Edward Steichen and More
Today on the show it’s all about film, and sharing. So we’ll peak into the minds of those talented artists behind the camera lens, and find out what makes them tick. As is so often the case with great artists, there’s a whole lot of fascinating stuff going on in there, and the time, planning and effort that goes into capturing the perfect image, telling a compelling story, and changing the world, one image at a time. Artist, filmmaker Joel Tauber is on a one man mission to shed light on the act of sharing. Why do we share? Why should we share, and why should we care? Joel’s got some ideas for you to kick around. Performance artist, photographer, Diana Greene is here to share the stories behind A Dozen Dresses, and she’s got a few doozies. Filmmaker Peter Stein has made blockbuster horror film classics like Friday the 13th Part 2, but he’s all about the beauty of the simple black and white image as captured by his father, renowned photographer Fred Stein. When it comes to glamour photography, they don’t come more renowned than Edward Steichen, and they don’t come better informed than Reynolda House curator Allison Slaby.
Joel Tauber is an assistant professor of art at Wake Forest University, where he is developing their video art program. His work has been shown in solo art exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and his films have screened at major festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Joel believes that art can change the world. His new work explores the seemingly simple and yet sometimes thorny notion of sharing, with the hopes of raising awareness and sparking conversations about its value and meaning in our Capitalist society.
The Sharing Project begins with Joel teaching his young son Zeke to share. He films Zeke at daycare learning with his classmates to share communal toys. But the more Joel observes and investigates sharing, even with the help of experts from every applicable field imaginable, the more questions he has. In the process The Sharing Project forces each of us to re-think our own preconceptions about sharing. Eventually Joel and his son Zeke share an adventure to search out answers in Happyville, a forgotten early 20th century Socialist Jewish commune in South Carolina. Joel says the Socialist Jewish commune Happyville was founded in 1905 but was abandoned just three years later.
David Ford spoke with artist, filmmaker, and Wake Forest University assistant professor of art, Joel Tauber. This weekend is the official launch of his new work The Sharing Project. The Sharing Project will eventually become a multi-channel sculptural video installation (slated to premiere in Spring 2015) as well as a feature film that’ll premiere soon afterwards.