File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 451


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:56:01 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Money does NOT corrupt Art


I think it was Hattie Carnegie who devised interesting fashion statements in clothing from little cloth scraps, because it was all she had to work with on her meagre budget.

When she applied for a job in the field, she was given bolts of fabric and plenty of supplies and was told to create an outfit. The result was she had a costumer's version of writer's block. That is, until the sharp individual who was testing her ability removed all the fabric bolts, gave her snippets to work with, and she passed the test.

But for those whose supplies were not so limited, the story could be quite different.

So it is with puppetry.

And of course, as Hattie Carnegie grew in experience, she learned to work with bolts of fabric. If she could, so could puppeteers. And money for other supplies would not hurt a bit. either.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Hudert
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 8:35 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Money does NOT corrupt Art


On Apr 26, 2009, at 9:41 PM, puppetpro-AT-aol.com wrote:

> Would any of us get to the place where we have no limits -- all the 
> money, time, space, people you want? -- What does one create on those 
> terms? The opening ceremonies to the Olympics? And would that really 
> satisfy us?

The is no such place as one without limits. We ALWAYS have limits, or 
parameters, to work within. For example, while the Olympics had much 
money, space, time, etc., it did have limits. The stadium was X size, 
even if you counted the space above it. There was some sort of budget, 
even if it is one that most of us will never see for a single 
production. There was only X amount of time for the opening ceremonies, 
not weeks, days, or hours - X minutes - for the production aspect.

While money and other constraints being lifted do give more room to 
move, they do not automatically create magic. Nor does the lack of such 
"limitless" constraints mean the lack of magic. Mary R. Kowal and 
company's "Shiro" (sorry if the title isn't correct, if you saw it you 
know the story Im talking about) created much performance magic with 
limited resources (being self imposed or imposed by outside forces), 
materials, space, and time constraints.

Money, in and of itself, does not corrupt art or anything else. The 
drive for it, and what will be done and/or sacrificed for it, however, 
can corrupt. Note, I did not say will or does, but CAN. Money has and 
does create much good as well as much ill. So does the lack of money.

Christopher

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