I very much like the work that Bayete did. More than any other work, it responds exactly to what the challenge was all about. Seeing how simple it was for him to execute this piece should in no way detract from the strong visual impact of his video piece. Video clearly seems to be a medium that he is at ease with as he had already demonstrated at the time of the casting with the dialogue piece between the two Bayetes. It was also gratifying to see that after a close brush with elimination in the first episode he managed to actually secure victory in the second challenge.
Michelle also produced a strong work without having to resort to her favorite highly personal technique of paper sculpture. After her victorious first round she is again very close to the top.
Lola's work rightly did not impress the judges, which means that after having been part of the top group in Episode 1, she is part of the bottom one this time.
Tewz also produced a work that seemed to have very little to do with the theme of the challenge.
As in Season One's team challenge it was interesting to observe the group dynamics in the two opposing teams. Young very rapidly imposed himself as the leader in his team, whereas the other team did not seem to have a clear leader.
Like you I was completely MYSTIFIED by why the artists didn't seem to get the concept of MOVEMENT...OMG, is there a place more vibrantly moving in a million directions than NYC??????? I loved Bayete's piece and was glad to see him win with it. I truly feel for Kathryn and agree that for all the artists, being on tv is an act of bravery because what we get as viewers is just a slice of the "real" artists--no one wants to be remembered for their emotional breakdown. I did find her previous work intriguing. Clearly, Kathryn's self-proclaimed obsession with her current form of artwork is directly resultant from her health condition and perhaps continuing with it could be therapeutic and help her move past it. On the other hand, obsessing over it puts so much energy into creating more of it, perhaps she would benefit from forcing herself to think about/consider and act on some other impulses, subject matter and imagery.
Maybe the fact that you have so little interaction makes the time you do spend with the artists much more striking to the viewers....