With the whole Inspiration Village debacle, I had a chance to really chat about exposure and get various different points of view, and even chat with city officials quite a bit.*  Best of all: Inspiration Village artists have since reported that they’re getting paid.  Yay!

Following those awesome chats with artists, I worked on a handy-dandy chart to consider when approached with non-paying opportunities.  It’s ugly, but hopefully it’ll help some artists consider their options.

Today, I get to continue the fun! I’ve been invited to debate artistic exposure with some fine Ottawa artists.

Now, here’s the fun thing.  I get to debate on the same team as Geoff McBride, a member of Ottawa’s famed A Company of Fools. He’s a performing artist, like me. (Or at least like my storytelling pursuits.)

The pro-exposure folk are Brendan A. de Montigny, an artist who owns a small art space on Elgin Street, and Michael Wallack, son of Wallack’s art supply stores fame.

Both these sound like successful entrepreneur with great minds for business. Both sell something to artists and for artists. But both cannot pre-pay said artists, and so, in a way, their businesses depend on exposure, even though they’re working to make the artists money in the long-run (as their money, at least Brendan’s, is tied to selling art for a commission).

Two performing artists.  Two visual artists who own brick-and-mortar businesses.

Right from the get-go, before this debate even starts, you can definitely see how the “camps” are shaping up. And I look forward to hearing the businesses’ points of view, and weighing them. The different perspectives are a healthy (and necessary) part of debate. Understanding where people comes from is an important part of any post-modern pursuit. (Also, I like e-stalking people, it seems.)

All of my fellow debaters seem like they have some interesting things to say, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing them speak.

I’ll report back!

*Plus, I wondered a lot if certain city officials wrote to me while drunk. After speaking in person with some of them, I decided the entire city needs PR training. I didn’t release those conversations, because they’re honestly just sad. And not helpful to artists.