For those of you who are familiar with the Japanese game show “Takeshi’s Castle” (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, in the US) I think it’s fair to say that one game show may have provided all of the elements pivotal in today’s contemporary art movement. This is an internationally syndicated program adapted in several languages including English that actually adds to the level of Post-Modern theory leaking from every pun, joke, and broken knee. Whether you’re a fan of art theory or not, this is the moment where mass-media manipulation opens up a broader context of psychoanalytic query in it’s adaptation. Whether in violent opposition to the show’s overt racism and sexism or a big fan of the same qualities, stop and think about the last biennial you attended or the last studio visit you made and ask yourself, did I see that on MXC?
For a more detailed show history, go here.