Last night, I found myself at the UK premiere of Viceroy’s House at the Curzon Cinema . I’m not sure if it was because of my passion for writing, my art business course or because of the novelty of the experience for me, but I also had a lot to say about the event.
The people that have access to these cultural events are a select few, and that has always been the case. But the manner in which these few are selected is changing visibly. There is more attention on corporate sponsors and other individuals tied commercially to these events. And of course that would be the case; i don’t need to explain further.
So despite not knowing a thing experientially about creating a film, I formed an opinion about its presentation and details by simply attending the premier.
After all, that is the appeal of listening to the critic (Now the curators/artist/creative professionals that have filled that void) - listening to those who were able to gain some perspective and are consequently in the position to share some knowledge and experiences, inventiveness and pertinence with those of us standing on the ground. I just couldn’t help but question the value of my perspective - am i…in my own mind...criticising or commenting well?
There are arguably two ways of looking at it. One is cynical and elitist; access to these events opens up a mechanism for criticism in a very non-academic and non-specialist manner. The other, despite being in a world creating an ‘exclusive’, argues that allowing new personalities and individuals access to these events creates new specialists that are more likely to have a novel perspective that will help the industry in the long run.