my youtube subscription list is a revolving carousel of foodie things, yoga channels, and miscellany. newest addition: the Art Assignment. (I might possibly get around to adding these people. friend Melanie, I imagine you enjoying their stuff, for some reason. hopefully not only because the Lydia from Lizzie Bennet Diaries is in some of it.)
the Art Assignment suffered at first from much too much insistent gushing hype from John Green. but the concept of it, despite that, did intrigue me. I watched an episode or two, forgot about it, and then just this week went back to watch another upon youtube's suggestion.
this particular episode has no guest artist, only Sarah exploring the overlap between crime and art.
at the end, she wraps the two topics up pretty neatly and reiterates that age-old unanswerable question about "what art even is." she asks, "is it art when a bunch of criminals pull off a stunningly beautiful and complex bank robbery? I'd argue no."
and by itself this might not have stuck in my head so forcefully, but the very next hour, in a shiny sliver of serendipity, I noticed the topic of the latest 99% Invisible podcast. Episode 116: Breaking the Bank. there are even comments at the bottom about art galleries vs. banks. which is easier or more worthwhile to steal things from? how do the designs and expectations of each space influence the way you'd have to design your heist?
99% Invisible's three stories of bank robbery as a design challenge almost counter Sarah Green's assertion that bank robbery isn't art. "what is design?" is just as difficult a question as "what is art?" after all, and the lines between art and design aren't very clear either.