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Wheels of Contradiction

A game show in which artists have to make works inspired by two randomly picked styles.
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On this game show, two artists of any type (sculptors painters, thespians, or musicians, just to a few) are pitted against each other to see who can produce the best work over the course of two days. The nature of this work is determined by the spinning of two large wheels of chance, each containing a plethora of artistic styles specific to the two artists' discipline. The two resulting styles are combined into the style of a work which the artists much produce.

For example, if the wheels landed on "dada" and "futurism", two competing artists might have to create a work of "futuristic dada". Competing actors would have to improvise monologues ranging from "iambic pantomime" to "tragic vaudeville", and musicians would have to compose songs ranging from "big band death metal" to "gregorian dub". At this time, a studio audience is allowed to vote to pass over a randomly generated combination if it isn't suitably ridiculous. After two days of filmed work, a panel of knowledgeable judges chooses a winner whose work is better and more original, a seamless fusion of two styles.

DrWorm, Nov 06 2010

Home on the Range in the style of Brahms http://www.youtube....=bf_play&playnext=1
Dr Richard Grayson [csea, Nov 07 2010]


       This is like an inverse of the Tlön-Uqbar school of literary criticism, in which two works chosen at random are assumed to have been created by the same artist, whose (remarkably eclectic) oeuvre is then critiqued.   

       The idea itself is fascinating [+] but hard to implement, because it requires a supply of artists with an exceptionally high level of a particular talent.
mouseposture, Nov 06 2010

       Who don't mind being subject to inane rules and regulations that expose them to mainstream media. Also, assumes audiences care about art history, which I presume is presumptuous.
daseva, Nov 06 2010

       //inane rules and regulations// enhance creativity in some artists -- so much so that they'll seek them out. Sonnets are the usual example here.   

       And aversion to exposure in the mainstream media is unlikely to exclude *all* artists. (That's litotes, for those of you keeping score at home.)
mouseposture, Nov 06 2010

       Inane rules are the basis of all reality television--and if this is shown on a niche art channel, it could avoid overly "mainstream" exposure and ensures an at least marginally more artistically inclined audience.
DrWorm, Nov 07 2010

       [ ] you've pretty well described (an admittedly extreme example of) what a session musician does.
FlyingToaster, Nov 07 2010

       Aha! But, unlike most sessions, this is a televised competition.
DrWorm, Nov 07 2010

       Sounds like how I halfbake.
RayfordSteele, Nov 07 2010

       One of my college profs does a yearly concert featuring a theme and a style chosen by the audience. To my delight, many of these have been placed on YouTube. [link]
csea, Nov 07 2010

       That game (song X in the style of Y) was a regular on “Have I Got News For You”   

       This idea is rather more subtle by giving the artists complete freedom within the bounds of a compound genre.   

pocmloc, Nov 07 2010

       //That game (song X in the style of Y) was a regular on “Have I Got News For You” //   

       Ah, no. Are you thinking of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (in which contestants were asked to sing one song to the tune of another) on the wireless? Or perhaps "Whose Line Is It Anyway" (in which contestants had to improvise a song in a specified style) on TV? I can't see Iain Hislop breaking into song.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 07 2010

       //one song to the tune of another// Wait, what? I didn't understand that.
mouseposture, Nov 08 2010

       //Ah, no. Are you thinking of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"// Indeed I am, my sincere apologies for misleading the house.
pocmloc, Nov 08 2010

       ////one song to the tune of another// Wait, what? I didn't understand that.//   

       I'm not entirely sure I got that either, [mouse]. I think the idea is to take lyrics from a well-known song and sing them to the melody from another. If I that's correct, it sounds like fun.
Boomershine, Nov 08 2010

       [Boomershine] Sorry, the reference was oversubtle: See the Wikipedia entry for "One song ... another" specifically the paragraph beginning "Additional humour is derived..."
mouseposture, Nov 08 2010

       [mouse] I should have known you really didn't need me to explain any part of a British radio show. We have American versions of a number of British shows, but I've never seen that one here.   

       Still, sometimes one (often me) misses the obvious. I hate being that person, and was hoping to rescue you. Silly me.
Boomershine, Nov 09 2010

       I've never seen any radio show, [Boomershine], except once I was in the audience for “Any Questions?” when it was broadcast from my school.
pocmloc, Nov 09 2010

       //I've never seen any radio show, [Boomershine]//   

       Must be something wrong with the video on your radio. Give it a smack on the left side.
Boomershine, Nov 09 2010

       //artistic styles specific to the two artists' discipline//   

       I see no reason to limit ourselves. Abstract impressionism inspired by death metal (or vice versa) might be interesting.
nick_n_uit, Nov 09 2010


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