Bruch Violin Concerto + Frederick Franck Seeing/Drawing
LITERAL: An actor plays the cello.
NARRATIVE: A cellist practices the first notes of Bruch's Kol Nidre in a garden setting.
METAPHORICAL: A young woman spends a weekend escaping from the city in Fredrick Franck's Pacem in Terris. While relaxing and preparing for a performance of Kol Nidre she engages in true seeing and begins to discover "the man, the artist."
Con Los Ojos Cerrados + Story from Weevils in the Wheat
LITERAL: Five actors stand on stage, one begins to speak.
NARRATIVE: A young boy tells the story of his premature death, which happened while he was walking to school with his eyes, closed.
METAPHORICAL: Five strangers tell the stories of how life is experienced differently with ones eyes closed.
Meghan Rose Donnelly
1. Practice the piano with 1 hand a time
Drawing/Seeing as Zen
Influenced by "Con los Ojos Cerrados"
Literal: A girl sits at a piano and tries to play the same piece of music using only one hand. She doesn't look at the music. She plays, stops, plays, stops again, plays, stops again etc. A boy sits in a chair with a sketchpad in his lap and a paintbrush, watercolors, and a glass of water on the table next to him. He sketches the girl without looking at the paper. He reaches for the brush. The water falls. He cleans it up. The girl starts to cry. The boy paints without looking up.
Narrative: Anna sits practicing the piano with one hand like her teacher told her. She stares at the keys, not at the music and can't get it right. Meanwhile Adam is doing a blind sketch of her. When he reaches for his paints, but knocks the water on the floor. He calmly picks it up while Anna becomes more and more frustrated. He starts to paint with great attention to the page and fails to help his subject.
Metaphorical: If we fail to look at the world, we cannot function. If we fail to look at each other, we fail to understand.
2. Eva's Rat
With everything else in the back of my head
Literal: A stranger sits in a chair onstage and reads silently from a book while another girl explains the dead rat in her hands to the audience member sitting next to her. The stranger reads aloud.
Narrative: A stranger reads about rats in a very large book while Eva talks about rats to the person sitting next to her. As the stranger changes pages, Eva's discussion turns from anatomy to health, to the value of her specimen to her, and then to others. As she begins to tell the audience member how, in most people's eyes, the rat is repulsive both alive and dead, the stranger opens to a new page and unfolds a huge Fra Angelico. Eva does not change the course of her discussion, but she no longer references the rat. Now she talks about striving for impossible goals, about spirituality, and representation.
Metaphorical: Knowledge is unified
1. Two masked actors stand over a third actor, who is bound to a table. One of
the masked actors is holding a butcher knife. He says to the other, "If I cut
halfway through this calf muscle, then cut again, halfway through the remaining
muscle, then again, halfway through the remaining muscle, and continue this
process indefinitely, I will never hit the bone."
2. Two torturers threaten to slowly slice through a bound prisoner's calf
muscle, under the pretense of a philosophical argument.
3. Two torturers use logic to mock human life.
1. An actor walks onto an empty stage with a video camera. The actor turns the
video camera on and begins to film. Scenery, props, and other actors slowly
move onto stage.
2. A man begins to film even though he doesn't see anything worthwhile at first,
and slowly a rich, detailed scene develops around him.
3. The world reveals its beauty when an artist decides to look.
1. Harmonic relations; containing an idea of my own:
2. Tension relations; two ideas of other people:
Literal: A teacher is talking to a policeman inside a classroom filled with middle school children, while an ambulance can be seen parked outside.
Narrative: A student of the teacher was hit by a truck while walking to school with his eyes closed. Unfortunately, this has been the 2nd death this week for this class, including the death of their beloved dog Edgar.
Metaphorical: While teaching young children responsibility is positive, having them exposed to too many adult situations and responsibilities can traumatize and disturb their childhoods.
Literal: Someone plays the violin while a list of fallacies and their definitions are being spoken in the background
Narrative: Someone trying to learn the violin is getting frustrated with the mistakes she is making and the fallacies are mocking her
Metaphorical: Even with a few mistakes, the violinist performs a beautiful song which is actually improved by the minor errors showing that fallacies are what make art.
Inspired by Lauren's "The School" and Mirabel's "Con Los Ojos Cerrados"
Literal: An actor stands between a table and a trash can. Children at play are heard in the background. The actor is sorting files quickly and without interest into a pile on the table or the trash. He comes to one that gives him trouble and looks toward the children before tossing it in the trash.
Narrative: An undertaker cleans out his old records by those who owe money and those who don't. His children are playing with the coffins in the backroom. He comes to a record of a family whose child died a couple months ago and never finished payment for the funeral. He knows they will be unable to pay and thus fidgets with the file for a while. He finally decides to toss the file.
Metaphorical: Death looks through the names of the living, deciding which to keep for himself. Upon reaching the name of an child who is destined to die, he hesitates, reminded of children's innocent joy. In a moment of sympathy and slight jealousy of life, he lets the child live.
Inspired by Anna's "piacere vs. mancanza" and my own ἔρχομαι (come, go)
Literal: Actress dressed as a little girl asks questions, Actor of the same age dressed as her grandfather tries to answer.
Man: I'm sorry?
Girl: What is the reason?
Man: Well, because it was good.
Girl: But that's an effect. What was the cause?
Man: God wanted to create something good, so he created Earth.
Girl: But with what motives? Why would he want to?
Man: You see, God wished to express himself by creating beautiful things like flowers, oceans and little granddaughters.
Girl: But what justification did he have?
Man: His creation was good.
Metaphorical: The young try to question the world and the old try to rationalize it, but neither can have all knowledge, so they are truly at the same place that is not infinity and not zero, but somewhere in between.
Lithography/Seeing-Drawing/Do not try to rehearse with BOTH hands all the time
LITERAL: An actor (A) uses a roller to apply ink to a litho stone, sponging in between passes. After a time, a second actor (B) enters the space. A shoots a quick glance at B. Beat. The two start to work together. After a while, they catch each other's eye and stare. Beat. Beat. In turn they resume the process and the movements have somehow changed.
NARRTIVE: Wilson is printing in the studio a week before his own wedding. He is working quickly and adroitly by himself. His fiancée, Belinda, enters and stands near him. Wilson flicks a glance at her, and indicates with his head for her to do something other than stand in his way. Belinda picks up two sponges and waters Wilson's stone. Wilson picks up ink from his rollup. Belinda stares at his back. As he turns around she looks away. He pauses before rolling.
Wilson: You wet it?
Belinda nods. He inks and quickly goes to roll up again. He is still moving quite fast. Belinda watches him again and forgets to wet the stone. Wilson turns around and inks the stone. The image starts to black out. Belinda starts, and Wilson curses. He tries to snap the ink off. It doesn't work. He curses again and tears some newsprint, places it on the stone, and begins to send the image through the press. As he cranks the handle, he looks up to see Belinda wiping her eyes. He slows down and finally stops. They pause for an uncomfortable amount of time, locked in eye contact. For the first time, Wilson actually sees the woman he be marrying in a week. Maintaining eye contact, Wilson slowly and deliberately releases the press. He nods and goes back to roll up. Belinda sponges again.
As they resume the process there is a simple grace and flow to their movements. They share a small smile as they see each other with every pass.
METAPHOR: We hardly ever see those who are closest to us / When we rehearse with both hands, when we race "like a rat toward all the knowledge the darkened ego-mind can gather," we often end up hurting those we love (Frank 33).
Word problem about bomb being dropped and projectile fired at it what initial velocity and angle must projectile have to intercept / Why is the human brain able to follow film cuts?
LITERAL: An average person is publicly subjected to a psychological experiment.
NARRATIVE: A man or woman is led in, placed in a chair, and attached to a polygraph. The questioner cues up a list of movies/TV shows. The list includes selections from 24, a newer Diehard, Transformers, etc (recent-ish action movies/shows that revolve around National Security). After the screening ends, an overheard is wheeled in. The viewer fills out a questionnaire on acetate for the whole audience to see. Questions might include: "Do you believe National Security is important?", "Do you regularly watch...." Etc.
METAPHOR: To what extent does sensationalist media/art influence our views on National Security? To what extent are we willing to admit it?