Saturday, July 25, 2009

Says so much - we don't dare talk

CC By SA Mark Leggett


sparker said...

but lots of people are talking...that itch that won't go away.

feliceM said...

maybe you dont need to talk??/ forgot how to hyperlink on a post??/

Leigh Blackall said...

Indeed! perhaps art alone is the only one who can talk here.

"In societies where freedom of speech was not recognized as a right, the court jester [replace jester with Art]—precisely because anything he said was by definition "a jest" and "the uttering of a fool"—could speak frankly on controversial issues in a way in which anyone else would have been severely punished for. Monarchs understood the usefulness of having such a person at their side. Still, even the jester was not entirely immune from punishment, and he needed to walk a thin line and exercise careful judgment in how far he might go - which required him to be far from a fool, in the modern sense. Wikipedia July 09

Other forms of contemporary "jest" where global politics is being talked about:
Robert Newman's History of Oil


The language of dance has always been a bit obscure to me. Looking for semiotic cues as a way to understand it might be my problem. Every time I see a balet move amongst for more interesting 'contemporary' moves, it knocks me out of the sensation that might have been successfully conveyed. Also, the dancers themselves I often find too close for comfort - stopping me from suspending my disbelief long enough to engage in the language they are using... I need costume and abstraction to be able to engage.

These dancers to me are performing mesmerising trickery of movement, but without the aids of lighting and sound, I don't easily see a comment to global politics. My loss I know, and I have seen 'dance' that does communicate a lot to me, such as Butoh

sparker said...

The Jester or Art as 'truth' teller comments makes me think off this quote.

"speaking truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act." Orwell

I guess Art or satire is the best way for painlessly getting past an individual's indoctrination and given thought processes, to instill questioning of mainstream concensual reality to just google and you tube the artwork subject. Easy to do.

Next thing you know people you meet will be dropping the word conspiracy left right and center as you describe what's out there on the net to their discomfort.

Some other good insights from Orwell for today's world:

sparker said...

This link works

sparker said...

Blogger comments makes linking hard work.

sparker said...

A Jester - 9/11 - The Whole World Knows - Even The French Get It

sparker said...

Present Tense - Thom Yorke

"This dance, this dance
Is like a weapon, like a weapon
Of self defense, of self defense
Against the present, against the present
"Present Tense"

I won't get heavy, don't get heavy
Keep it light and, keep it moving
I am doing, no harm.

As my world comes crashing down
I am dancing, freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

In you I'm lost, in you I'm lost

I won't turn round while the penny drops
I won't stop now, I won't slack off
Or all this love will be in vain, ooooh
Stop from falling down a mine
It's no ones business but mine
Or all this love will be in vain

In you I'm lost, in you I'm lost
(repeat)" - Thom Yorke

For me music is the most powerful medium to communicate.

feliceM said...

Emylin Claid talks about the "seductive ambiguity of dance" -- I remember getting caught out in my thesis - talking about a temporal ontology - where linear scaffolds of time derange humans' capacity for understanding - their perception waylaid by meaning making...
she says that "limitations of both language and vision prevent recognition of oneself in the other"..
so happy that music speaks to you but at the same time : ) perhaps dance speaks about things not having yet been spoken... so the meaning is as undisturbed as new snow...
so back to your mountains - just been reading about the movement / retreat of glaciers at first glance a blah blah report on global warming - but how strange - a moment in the text where the silenced movement of the ice surfaces - " as a book of the Earths history; the sinusoidal advances and retreats over thousands of years" Petr Hlavacek, New Zealand Geographic, Sept- Oct 2008, p.15.
If only movement became theory? not spoken word significant as progress/ territorialisation?? Hmm is that a word? -
how do I put a photo on a comment?? these things are so tricky... need my tuesday classess... sob hic

sparker said...

The Art of Video Blogging with humour and compassion in relation to this dark subject matter:

"I mock the truth movement"