Right… so today’s challenge is about crossing over between art forms.
[…] But what about all those that were very unique to that art form. Can we borrow from their manifesto and apply it to playwriting?
What would it mean to write a pre-raphelite play? or a rococco play? or a pointilist play? Or a somatic play?
[…] You can go back to the cave paintings I guess… or to brutalist architecutre… or anything! Just pick a movement or an art form that is not applied to theatre yet, research it – and write a play in that style – whatever that may mean.
What is art? What is it’s nature? What makes art Art? What gives art value?
These questions are just a few of those not addressed in my play, written after 11pm on a Sunday night after a LONG weekend away.
I figured this task could end up being pretentious. It could be argued that the art that inspired it is pretty pretentious… I mean… it’s a mirror. So, I embraced pretension and ran with it. I mean really ran with it.
I based my play on one of the many times an artist has hung a mirror and called it art. This is what the gallery label had to say about the piece, featured at the Tate:
Since the Renaissance, painting has often been likened to a window upon the world, with central perspective giving the viewer a sense of surveying what is contained within the picture frame. In a bold gesture, Art & Language turn this century-old convention upside-down by replacing the painting’s surface with a mirror. Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, viewers are now confronted by themselves, thereby questioning a long-held notion of painting transcending reality.
You could call it another cop out… you’d be right. But you can’t argue with it, it’s Art!