In the twenty-first century, the running footmen have been noticed as a possible art form. British artist James Steventon offers what he describes as “running based performance”.
An interview between Kai Syng Tan, James Steventon and art-sport network GONGLE's Henriette Morrison for "the webradio of the arts and commons" R22.
Athletic bodies have long been represented in figurative art, but sustained performative explorations of the act and action of running are a more recent phenomenon.
Discussing the importance of the process of drawing and how personally meaningful experiences can find their way into the world, with examples which may or may not traditionally be considered as drawings.
I've suggested that both DJ-ing and traditional curating involve organising individual works together to be more than the sum of their parts and to speak to people individually and as a whole.
I’ve heard the relationship between curator and artist described like that between a cat and a mouse, cats preferring the chase to the capture. The suggestion is curators like to discover artists rather than have artists approach them. That is interesting for me an artist.
We saw some hope in the figure of the boundary-crossing running-messenger epitomised by James Steventon.
For #r3fest 2018 – In Exile, James delivers messages electronically in the form of a running related quote displayed randomly from a collection of contributed quotes when visiting: www.jamessteventon.com/in-exile/the-only-running-footman.
"It’s like watching a chrysalis become a butterfly: The prototypes are impressive, but the kouros is timeless; he might be about to breathe, move, speak ... Even in relatively static positions, the implication of movement is the transfiguring achievement of these classical figures."
As Maharishi replied when asked by Andy Kaufman about the secret of comedy, “[One] must first say one thing and then say another thing and these two things will usually contrast – but what makes the contrast so evident is the journey in between, which is the journey through a field of silence”.