Wave UFO, Mariko Mori for the Public Art Fund
image: Tom Powel, nytimes.com
INT – DAY, IBM BAMBOO GARDEN, 56th & MADISON
A promising DIRECTOR wanders into the atrium to examine Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO, a large, shiny pod-looking art object nestled among the towering thickets of bamboo. A YOUNG ARTIST mills about, hesitant to approach him.
Um, Excuse me.
Did you have a film in the MoMA Documentary Festival?
(shocked, confused, with a hesitant inflection)
I saw it. You spoke after, too. It was really nice.
Thanks. (stammer) Thank you.
The two chat briefly, then the ARTIST leaves. Suddenly, from out of a clump of bamboo, CELEBRITY, THE CRUEL MISTRESS appears, looking a lot like the Black Queen in X-Men5: The Hellfire Club. She has been observing the scene, unnoticed. She approaches the DIRECTOR and places her black-gloved hand on his tensed-up shoulder. Startled, the DIRECTOR turns around.
So, the tables have turned.
CELEBRITY, THE CRUEL MISTRESS
The gawker is now the gawked.
But remember, only the first one is free.
CELEBRITY, THE CRUEL MISTRESS disappears behind the shiny pod, and the DIRECTOR looks around, appearing nonplussed, but secretly high, and already (zeta-)jonesing for another hit.