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“Sight and Sound Downtown”

the Mixing Colours installation is a strange feeling. like, the problem is it’s too good for what it is supposed to be.

the plaza is an open, dead, concrete floor. it’s not hospitable in the least. this is good, in that during a pandemic one doesn’t want to emphasize the idea of large groups of people gathering in the same space.

except the content doesn’t fit the idea of passive viewership. these are sounds and pictures that are asking the viewer for their complete attention over long periods of time; the entire art install seems to be about getting people to sit and enjoy—at a distance.

which leads me back to the problem of presentation: the environment makes it feel like it’s a billboard, and the work makes it feel like art. i got too wrapped up in what it was trying to be to really enjoy it, but as josh and i walked about the area, it did serve as a nice backdrop.

i guess i wish i knew what they were going for.


Colin Smith is an interdisciplinary artist & art director living & working in Los Angeles. His assembly-based work focuses on human nature and its relationship to media, language, time, and systems of control.

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