File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 281


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:07:11 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] ART OR NOT ART?


I encountered Hyde's THE GIFT in an issue of Stewert Brand's  
CoEvolution Quarterly.
It led me to create a production based not on his words but on the  
idea of how a gift economy might change how we live and act. It had a  
live band, actors in full head masks playing characters who were also  
represented by small rod puppets sometimes moving from the little  
puppet actors in one scene to the masked actors in the next, and  
sometimes the actors and the puppets and actors acting doing the same  
scene simultaneously. The performers were multi racial and bilingual  
mimes, dancers, musicians and singers. The mask/puppet designer/ 
builder was dealing with Bipolar Disorder, several other in the  
company had various forms of mental illness (I am obsessive  
compulsive). The show had a free to the public outdoor summer run and  
then was adapted to a large indoor auditorium. The indoor shows added  
a large video screen with the small puppets plus animated sequences.  
Big fun.

- moynihan

On Nov 17, 2008, at 8:35 AM, puppetpro-AT-aol.com wrote:

> Excellent. I hadn't seen this piece, though I've read Hyde's  
> Trickster book. Now I've got to read "The Gift"...
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> In the course of writing =93The Gift,=94 Hyde underwent an intellectual  
> transformation on this subject. He began the work believing there  
> was =93an irreconcilable conflict=94 between gift exchange and the  
> market; the enduring (if not necessarily the happy) artist was the  
> one who most successfully fended off commercial demands. By the time  
> he was finished, Hyde had come to a less-dogmatic conclusion. It was  
> still true, he believed, that the marketplace could destroy an  
> artist=92s gift, but it was equally true that the marketplace wasn=92t  
> going anywhere; it had always existed, and it always would. The key  
> was to find a good way to reconcile the two economies.
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> From: Michael Moynihan <mmoynihan-AT-wi.rr.com>
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