I just received the following letter from Michael Grant asking me to remove video recordings that I made at the September 17th lecture of Dave Hickey at the SVA Theater and posted on my internet network. I have no desire to employ a cadre of lawyers to sort this out, but it strikes me as extremely ironic that one of New York’s most prestigious and “progressive” institutions of higher art education is, through some misguided desire of control and artistic suppression, actually seeking to destroy works of art.
We’re entering a new age, and as I’ve stated before, I believe the Kalm Report to be an art project that melds reportage, documentation, performance and art criticism. Fittingly, Dave Hickey states in this lecture that “if I saw the new art, I probably wouldn’t like it, I’m too old”. Seems to me that SVA needs to “get young” too. Here's their letter:
Dear Mr. Kalm,
I believe you may have recorded a recent lecture here at the School of Visual Arts with Dave Hickey, which appears on You Tube, LorenMonk.com and ArtReview.com.
I appreciate your interest in the program, but I understand that you did not get Mr. Hickey's permission to record or disseminate the lecture, so I have to ask that you remove the video from these sites and let me know when you have done so. I would be glad to send you a link to SVA's recording of Mr. Hickey's lecture when it is posted to iTunesU, where it will be available to all, free of charge.
Director of Communication
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010-3994