170 - Nathan For Art 2 w/ Alec Robbins & Hannah Guerrero
The long-awaited part 2 of A&L’s side pod, Fielderwatch, taking on the series finale of The Rehearsal with twitter’s most famous husband, Alec Robbins, and friend of the pod and union-certified painter of tunnels onto walls Hannah Guerrero! For a show that adores how tv gets made, it equally adores the psychological trauma of doing so, with the gut-wrenching sixth episode that speaks to not just the ethics of child actors as a concept, but expands on ideas first developed in Nathan For You, on what “help” can even mean. Hannah and Alec share their valuable insight as past and present film crew workers, explaining the actual level of labor that goes into the creation of the little moving square in your living room, and how those workplaces could produce great works democratically. Also, we didn’t take the week off, we did this interview!!
OK and Sarah this week cover the first two episodes of Nathan Fielder’s new video art collection The Rehearsal and larger labor politics of cast and crew, the work’s relationship to his former practice on Comedy Central, and the 2010 Tino Sehgal performance of This Progress at the good ‘ol famously liberatory Gug. Do you remember when Alec Baldwin killed that lady? Does your work love humans? Have you tried art? PS – Wild speculation about Beyoncé in front of Happy Fun dressed as Regalo’s green salsa.
The id must flow! On today’s episode OK and Sarah talk to cartoonist of Mr. Boop fame Alec Robbins about the on-going mass personae of twitter and irl experiments with identity via Halloween/anime conventions (we should probably read Capitalism and Schizophrenia, idk) Cosplay is just Halloween in the expanded field. Alec, the good one, updates us on the IATSE deal and shares his experiences on incompetent/dangerous/underfunded productions. Leave a gun emoji in the comments if you made it to the Alec Baldwin truther section, but not the watergun bs, the real gun. Who needs sincerity now in the time of monsters?
Don’t tell them we told you this, but even though we got the best art friend split heart necklace with jerry saltz at the Manhattan mini mall last week, we actually think YOU’RE our best art friend, we just feel bad for them and our mom made us do it. This week Lucia, OK and Sarah take their brains out their heads to scrub out the insides with six different cleaners like a toilet bowl on tik tok, with maybe too much time covering the latest nebbishly relatable drain on your god given 5 nyt articles this month. What doth a sceene be compos’d of, if not cowardes? Does the intention behind an act determine its morality? Why do people who don’t make art insist on calling themselves artists? Do I come into your house with a painting and call myself an author?
We also take a little time to reflect on the 16 hours God forced your hand to maniacally check twitter instead of instagram. Welcome to my world you little babies, don’t let jack bully you into reading before you quote tweet a hot take on rice krispie treats! Solidarity as always to our homies at Kellogg, any fight against Nestle is worth having, and congrats also to our friends at IATSE who just voted to authorize their union to strike; check out the account we mention at @ia_stories. If you thought your job was hurry up and wait, take this fraturday to peruse the hell that is film and tv production!