Who is the Audience? How do they Relate?

William Sylvester and Bayeté Ross Smith are two of the collaborators on Question Bridge, a project that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America through a question and answer exchange that addresses the economic, political, geographic and generational divisions for black men. This project is composed of many voices that illuminate the complexity of character that is often flattened by racial and gender categories. In so doing, it grants agency to the individual in authoring the complexity of being a black male in this country. It also illustrates and generates community through the use of media in building dialogue around the subject of identity.  Check out Will and Bayeté’s profile.

  • Who is part of an audience for an artwork?
  • What does it mean for an artist to engage with the audience “on their terms”? 
  • Are there other ways for an artist to connect with their audience? 
  • What can an artist accomplish by initiating discussion? 
  • What can a discussion in itself accomplish for the artists and the audience?

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Click here to see the un-edited footage of Will and Bayeté

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