I left at 8:40 to get dinner. Anyone stay til the end? What happened after Coupland took his Van Gogh head to Brasilia? Anything worthwhile?
Yes it was annoying at the beginning, very unorganized. While waiting in line a long time to get in I had to put up with some ignorant agents thinking it was a sales event and had no clue about this event, and some people letting half a dozen of their friends who arrived late butt in front of them in line just before entering the hall.
I took advantage of my front row seat and stayed till the end. I thought it was all very compelling and entertaining. I must admit I didn't know much of Coupland's body of artwork so I thought his talk was fascinating and his style was very casual, frank and humble. I would never imagine the topic of butt plugs would be mentioned here!
In Brasilia, they do not chew gum, so his art piece didn't quite work and the health department in New York didn't allow his work to display/function as intended. There was a round table discussion with all three at the end and afterwards they show a short video presentation of KING Toronto, which I have seen snippets of it elsewhere before. It ended with the band playing, which the place cleared out when they started to play, which I felt really sorry for them. But it did drag on until 9:20pm.
In general it was a very informative, educational and entertaining presentation and I was happy that I attended. I must applaud Westbank for hosting such an event to the public while promoting the building instead of throwing a tacky party exclusive to real estate agents like the one I went to for YSL a couple nights ago. It shows their passion and commitment to the public realm and I love how Ian Gillespie mentioned that they are transforming themselves from a condo developer to a culture developer.