45 Days of Stories

Dance Quotes

Words, especially of those that are beyond us in years, experience, achievement and/or success seem to have the power to inspire and change us. To alter some part of us that is not quite bloomed, or that broken element that needs healing, and at other times it is just a matter of jarring awake the sleeping world of wonder that […]
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Dance like your soul is watching

There has been a constant echo in my mind today of the choices we make with our body. What we put in, how we dress, how we choose to interact with the outside world and the bridges we create between our internal voices and the outside objects. In between all this plotting and planning, maneuvering and repression, it is true […]
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Dance Movie Love

The 80s gave us a lot of cool things – disco, Robert Mapplethorpe, the computer, the internet, neon colours Wham and Boy George to name a few. As I was busy learning my ABCs and getting into grade one towards the end of the 80s I became those 90s kids who were totally and irrevocably influenced and shaped by the […]
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RASA in the 21st Century

Last year around this time I did 45 Days Art Stories for The Nirula Family Company. This year I thought I’d take inspiration from a field of personal practice where music, beat, song, rhythm, movement, expression and emotion all are incorporated to create a performance that all of us know as “Dance”. So these 45 days will be a Dance […]
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To Judge a Book by its Cover

In India your second-hand book-store is usually the local bookseller on the pavement. He/She who has paid off the beat cops and has set up shop from gathering books and magazines from local sources – such as – housewives who want to get rid of their husband’s racy novels (or their own Mills and Boon Romances). On the other side […]
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Rauschenberg and the Found-Photograph

Inspired by a Duchampian aesthetic and in reaction against the Grennbergian tradition that dominated the art world in the 50s, the photographic image was part of a new artistic tradition that perceived the photograph as cultural-flora. Rauschneberg absorbed this flora in his works as part of the detritus produced by urban living. A student at Black Mountain College, under the […]
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The Photographic Image as Found-Object

The 1960’s sees artists such as Rauscheneberg and Warhol react against the Greenbergian philosophy of “form must follow function” where the medium/material used by the artist must dictate the artwork created. They dismiss this notion and begin drawing inspiration from Duchamp and Surrealism. They are not alone in this breaking from “prescribed media for prescribed creations” within art philosophy. Across […]
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Antonin Artaud Part II

Yesterday we left Artaud urging the true Surrealist to amputate the mind! In fact Artaud takes this directive further and claims that the ‘surrealist’ has judged the mind and in doing so he has discarded with the “my” and “only mine” aspect,  thereby making him – emotionless and dreading the moment in which he will find himself with a critical […]
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Antonin Artaud – Part I

I was first introduced to Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of the Absurd through Martin Esslin’s book of the same name. In it he charts the minds, inspirations, objectives and intent of a selected group of creative thinkers and performers. I was 16 when I first read it and recently re-read it after visiting a retrospective exhibition in Spain, which […]
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