I gave a talk titled, "Relational Aesthetics for the Rich, or A Brief History of the Gala as Art" at #rank, a program series organized during Art Basel Miami Beach by Jen Dalton and Bill Powhida. It was held at SEVEN on Dec. 3, 2010.
I edited out a remarkable 12 minutes of ums and pauses, but otherwise the talk is pretty much as-was. Image credits for everything are included on each slide and/or in the audio. Many of these images are CC-licensed; others are used with permission or under fair use exemptions for criticism.
Thanks to everyone who attended, who watched the stream, who helped put the talk together, and who helped with #rank and SEVEN!
[This should probably be considered a sketch; it's certainly rough. I may try to clean up the audio and the aspect ratio later.]