Robert Rauschenberg has died. Several years ago, I saw his Combines exhibited at the Met. These are works that should be seen in person: at full size they fill up the senses with a vibrant, friendly energy — as the New York Times says, his work was aptly “likened to a Saint Bernard: uninhibited and mostly good-natured.” It was very motivating.

image: Rauschenberg's "Estate".
Seriously, see them in person.

Benton-C Bainbridge and Minou Maguna have been shooting interviews with Bill Etra for years and, for the past year and a half, have been assembling a documentary about his life and work. The “sampler cut” below highlights some of the more recent interview footage interspersed with some of Bill’s work over the years. If you don’t know of Bill, he is a pioneer in video engineering, design and performance, and one of the handful of people who can rightly be said to have been the first to do live visuals. This Wired article from 2000 gives a pretty good background.