File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 255

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Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 12:47:22 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] I think all is relevant to puppetry

Right on, Mark.  I think the more productive discussion for this board would 
be the role Art plays in culture, especially the critical "eye" Art can use 
to view all aspects of the finite life we live on a pebble of dust on the 
edge of our galaxy etc etc.  Can Art describe this situation without being 
critical of someone, something? How should one approach that criticism? What 
is the role of humor, or satire if you will, given that such "statement" is 
often times idiomatic, not translating from culture to culture?  Should that 
prohibit Art from addressing anything outside the "cultural context" of the 
the author?

Wayne Krefting

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark S. Segal" <>
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Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 8:52 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] I think all is relevant to puppetry

> As it seems that some issues have popped up here that are affecting the
> whole world in one way or another, and a comment of relevancy was made I
> think it is important that even though it may not affect construction or
> staging or materials etc. to recognize that a
> world/religious/philosophical/humanist point of view is relevant to
> performance. Points of view are what a performer communicates. Points of
> view are what an artist offers.
> Now of course we can disagree on points of view but they are relevant.
> Whether or not you are producing (or performing) the 3 pigs for 3,4,5 year
> olds or something "adult"  your world view could color what you are doing.
> This kind of stuff has been the grist for the Puppetry mill for ages.
> Now the question is can we perhaps find some room for agreement instead of
> getting our backs up against the wall for something that we disagree with?
> Can we be expanded? Can our world views be somehow developed?
> I personally object to some things which actually in their extreme
> fundementalistism try to tell me how to live, think, feel, believe. I
> personally object to philosophical infringement of thought. I object to a
> loss of humor and the ability to look at something objectively and even
> though I do most of my shows about taking caring of teeth these objections
> color what I present. These objections color the new shows I dream of and
> sometimes build and perform for different venues.
> So all is relevant for me...But my question is where can we grow to from
> these discussions?????
> Mark S.
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