Day Nineteen, Play Nineteen.

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.

Gallery label, April 2009

You could call it another cop out… you’d be right. But you can’t argue with it, it’s Art!


Day 19: Look Back


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