Collection: Unit 7

Unit 7 Information File

Unit 7 Information File - Based on the novel ' A Clockwork Orange' by Anthony Burgess 

A Clockwork Orange Quotes

Some words and lines I have taken from the novel that interest me and prompt Ideas:

'What's it going to be then, eh? A line used repeatedly throughout the novel by both Alex and prison officers - are they so different? Both use violence to get results.

 

'They start murdering each other.' - About criminals and young people. Difference between 'murder' and 'killing' - Is war murder? Is terrorism murder? 

 

'He's young, bold, vicious' - How Alex us described when being chosen to take part in the science experiment that would 'make him better' and get him out of prison. Is every young person bold and vicious, can it be a good thing ? 

 

'An eye for an eye, I say. If someone hits you you hit back, do you not?' - Sparks questions of the Justice system - is the death penalty justifiable. Does an eye for an eye make the whole world blind? Is it self defence or revenge?

 

'It may not be nice to be good... It may be horrible to be good ... Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?' - Humanity and Freedom - can goodness be forced upon someone, can it be learnt or is a person either good or bad? Is there bad in everyone? Do good people resist doing bad things or utilise their humanity to know better?

 

'It's funny how the colours of the like real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen' - Is life more colourful when you're bad? Alex's connection to the arts - watching what he did with his 'droogs' before he went to prison.

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Adventures of the Black Square - Whitechapel Gallery - Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015

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Adventures of the Black Square - Whitechapel Gallery - Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015

 

Adventures of the Black Square - Whitechapel Gallery - Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015

I visited this exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery on the 5th February to start my research into Unit 7. The exhibition started by looking at Malevich's black 'quadrilateral'1915, which established the abstract theme of the exhibition. The exhibition followed four themes of Utopia, Architecture, Communication and The Everyday. There was a really helpful projection in the exhibition that referenced performance artists looking at society and humanity, I took an interest in an image of Lygia Pape's 'Divisor'; A clockwork orange references the colour 'white' a lot when Alex starts his treatment after prison to 'make him better', the white colour that Pape uses in Divisor made me think about the idea of a clean slate or new beginning that the white promotes in a clockwork orange. The novel also explores divides in society between the younger generation compared to their parents generation, the sense of community in Lygia Papes 'divisor' also made me think about this element in a Clockwork Orange.

This exhibition made the question arise of What it means to be human How much freedom do we have in life and when do people take the idea of freedom too far and cross a line into depravity. 

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Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

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The Whitechapel Gallery - Amalia Pica - Intersections #2 2013

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A theme from the novel that has interested me

 

WHAT MAKES US HUMAN?

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Should we Sympathise with Alex when he cannot defend himself after his treatment ?

In the first part of the novel I hated Alex and his 'droogs' for the things that they did and how they felt no sympathy or guilt for how they ruined defenceless peoples lives. Throughout I questioned why they were doing it, whether it was anger or because it made them feel more powerful or important. To me, Burgess has taken adolescent traits of wanting to feel more important and respected by adults and over exaggerated this idea into depravity. It shocks me that Alex is only 15 and I wonder whether he is human at all in the start of the book. However in part two once Alex has received his treatment I feel like Burgess wants us to feel sorry for Alex; I didn't feel sorry for him at all at first because I think people should be punished if they do something inhuman, and when someone commits murder i think they lose their status of humanity. However, as the 'white coated' scientists, doctors and audience laugh at Alex perceiving him being abused by a man as a display of the treatment of being effective, I started feeling as though the tables had turned, in some ways i was glad that Alex was feeling what others felt when he abuse them; but it made me sad to think that perhaps those who are supposed to be good in the novel also have elements of badness in them. 

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Freedom

 

An Eye for an Eye 

 

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A Clockwork orange p.115

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You've sinned, I suppose, but your punishment has been out of all proportion. They have turned you into something other than a human being. You have no power of choice any longer. You are committed to socially acceptable acts, a little machine capable of only good... Music and the sexual act, literature and art, all must be a source now not of pleasure but pain.'

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Religion

Religion and faith

p.104/5

This scrap of silver began to grow and grow and grow and it was so like bright and fiery that I had to squint my glazzies at it. It got so big that it became not only this whole cubie I was lolling in but like the whole Korova, the whole street, the whole city. Then it was the whole world, then it was the whole everything, brothers and it was like a sea washing over every veshch that had ever been made or thought of even.

a group of statues a long long long way off that was like being pushed nearer and nearer and nearer, all lit up by very bright light from below and above alike.. This group of statues was of God or Bog and all His Holy Angels and Saints, all very bright like bronze, with beards and bolshy great wings that waved about in a kind of wind, so that they could not really be of stone or bronze, really, and the eyes or glazzies like moved and were alive

the warm big light grew like cold

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Another theme

 

DEPRAVITY 

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Robert Parkeharrison - Guardian - The architects brother - Burn season

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Robert Parkeharrison - The arcihtects brother - night garden

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Robert Parkeharrison - The arcihtects brother - Procession

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Robert Parkeharrison

I really love Robert Pakeharrison's work as he creates surreal but also quite sinister scenes. When reading A clockwork orange I imagined it to be quite odd as soon as the Korova Milkbar was mentioned, what formed a link most between A clockwork orange and Pakeharrisons work is the scene where Alex goes to the milk bar for the first time after being released from prison, he has a hallucination or 'trip' where he sees what he describes a huge silver light and visions of gods angels in bronze. This imagery made me think about Pakeharrisons work particularly 'Guardian' the way that the branches form a creepy tangled looking pair of wings. His work is quite dark but also quite beautiful which I really like. The way in which Anthony Burgess' words are quite dark but can also create really beautiful imagery.

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Houdini's straight jacket

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Lumière Brothers - The Serpentine Dance 1899

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Lumiere Brothers - Serpentine dress 1899

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Lumi%C3%A8re+Brothers+-+The+Serpentine+Dance&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kYnWVMDNNqmp7AbehoFQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1242&bih=545#imgdii=_ 

 

In thinking about restricting materials I also thought about the opposite, materials that are free to move and flow without any restrictions to its movement.

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Blood 'KROVVY'

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Meanings of the colour Red

This color is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.

Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action.

It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination.

It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

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Red

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Privatisation of the NHS

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/06/thousands-turn-out-for-the-nhs-on-london-leg-of-peoples-march_n_5777588.html

06/09/2014

Thousands Turn Out In London To Protest Against Privatisation Within The NHS

The protest took in more than 20 towns and cities, with union activists and other supporters joining the six women from Darlington. Organisers said 5,000 people took part in the last leg from Red Lion Square in Holborn to Trafalgar Square, where they were addressed by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.

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The Foo Fighters - Pretender

Martha Graham Lamentation

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Lamentation Martha Graham

The costumes which Martha Graham wore as she, and her company, lived out the emotions of any one piece where used as strategical devices to enhance the visual effects of the dance. A prime example of this is the costume which Graham wore in her piece, Lamentations. It was what seemed to be a covering roped with extra fabric. When Graham began moving in the costume one could see its true function, Graham held different sections and lengths of the costume in her hands and stretched and contorted herself which in turn stretched and contorted the costume changing her appearance drastically.

http://mgrahamabriefhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/martha-grahams-costuming-and-personal.html 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009

Martha Graham's Costuming and Personal Fashion

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Martha Graham Lamentation

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Martha Graham Steele, V. (2013) ‘Dance & fashion’, London; New Haven

p.227 

'In a Graham performance, costume was integral to the choreography, designed to be functional while enhancing the visual effects of the dance. Every ruffle,seam, tuck and pleat was intended to amplify movement, in order to create a theatrical experience that resonated emotionally with her audience. Costume then became an important element in Graham's emerging dance form, and her style developed in tandem with the rise of American fashion - which also valued functionality, integrity of materials, and freedom of movement.'

Martha Graham ... experimented with the unadulterated movement of their own bodies, creating a form of dance that would reflect contemporary American life. Modern dancers were not alone in their aesthetic "rebellion". At the same time, artists in other disciplines were likewise challenging the dominant traditions of their fields. 

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Martha Graham; Letter to the World (kick) 1940

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The Laban Sourcebook – Dick McCaw

p.77

The passion for movement, which we all have, cannot be explained alone by speedy motorised transport on the ground, in the sea and in the air. There is something Else present, which is a drive for regeneration, and machines should finally only serve the purpose of relieving man of wearisome labour, so that he can come closer to his inner mental and spiritual becoming through a liberated physicality.

 p.78

There is above all a fundamental conviction that life does not exist just to be endured. Furthermore culture and civilisation do not have the purpose of binding and breaking everything that is original, but of creating a free life, which in itself contains the urge to balance inner and outer life beautifully and harmoniously.

P109 -10

If we examine movement closely in terms of its content, we see that fundamentally it has two purposes in everyday life. One is to communicate, that is, to make a statement. In movement it is naturally always only a matter of expressing things which cannot be conveyed literally in words, and which render the exact essence of a movement content.

p.225

Weight

Someone’s exaggerated effort may be a struggle against time or weight, or both, while an easy effort may have its course in an almost complete neglect of any consideration of rapidity or of bodily force. Easy effort will show no struggle either against time or against weight, but rather indulgence in one or both of these factors. A person with an entire neglect of speed takes a lot of time… Now the strugglers against weight and the racers against time are surely different characters; and so also do those differ who are continuously immersed in a lot of time from those indulging in the experience of their own weight and in the weight of their surroundings.

p.227

Flow

Some people seem to enjoy letting their movements flow whilst others show an obvious reluctance to do so… The reluctance is not directed against space, but they carefully abstain from letting movements flow freely. Their complicated movement patterns are drawn in the air with a meticulous guidance which need not, however, be explicitly either slow or quick… People who indulge in flow find pleasure in the unrestricted freedom of fluency, without necessarily giving much attention to the various shades of time, the weight and the space development of the movement. Movements with free flow cannot be easily interrupted or suddenly stopped; it takes time until the moving person gains the necessary control over the flow in order to stop.

 

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Laban drawings - The Laban Sourcebook - Dick McCaw

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The Laban Sourcebook – Dick McCaw - Laban's stage plan of Titan 1927

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The Laban Sourcebook – Dick McCaw - Laban's stage plan of Titan 1927

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Conflict, Time Photography - Tate modern

Conflict, Time Photography; Tate Modern

I don't normally enjoy photography exhibitions as I react more to sculptural exhibitions and those with a performative focus. Again I was not fully interested in this exhibition; only for the concept, I liked the idea of photography depicting conflict, its results and the rebuilding after conflict, the idea was compelling and I did feel quite moved by some of the photographs. For example From the weeds of Hiroshima by Joao Penalva depicting imprints of people and wildlife left in Hiroshima by the light from the nuclear explosion; I liked this because it was made from real things and depicted something really sinister and heartbreaking in a beautiful way with a sort of calm after the storm tone.

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Conflict, Time Photography - Tate modern

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Mods vs Rockers

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Mods and Rockers

What were the Mods and Rockers? Well the Mods or modernists, as they were known were a youth sub culture that liked Scooters, ska music, parka jackets and were generally regarded as being the smarter dressed of the two groups.

Scooters.
Scooters are still as popular as ever

The Rockers had their own Uniform which consisted of a black leather jacket, Denim jeans, Black leather boots with white socks which were rolled over the tops of the boots. A white scarf was regarded as a great fashion accessory.
Rockers like Rock and Roll music, which some pundits will tell you is where the name 'rockers' came from.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/asop/people/mods_rockers.shtml 

Accessed - 24/02/2015

Written by Tony Nightingale

24 September 2014

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Vionnet, advertising campaign, Spring/Summer 2014 - Jean-Paul Goude

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Richard Tuttle - ' I don't know ; The weave of textile language' - Tate modern - 19/02/2015

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Richard Tuttle - ' I don't know ; The weave of textile language' - Tate modern - 19/02/2015

Richard Tuttle - ' I don't know ; The weave of textile language' - Tate modern - 19/02/2015

Tuttle is both an artist and a collector and historian of textiles from around the world. In this piece he connects textiles with language in the way that grammar weaves together sound and meaning. This is the largest sculpture he has ever made. 

I wanted to see this exhibit as i want to have a strong material focus in my Unit 7 project so looking at ho someone else deals with material is really informative. I like the way that Tuttle drapes and weaves the loose material around a solid sculpture and the scale was really incredible. I liked the way that it was exhibited so that the audience could see the suspended sculpture from a higher and lower angle. I liked looking up at the sculpture as you could see how the material fell and weaved a lot better.

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Ideology and Religion - The Saatchi - 19/02/2015

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid - The Red Flag 1983 - Ideology and Religion at the Saatchi

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David Mach - 'Die Harder' 2011, Coal, hangers and steel - Ideology and Religion at The Saatchi

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Ideology and Religion - The Saatchi - 19/02/2015

Ideology and Religion - The Saatchi - 19/02/2015

I visited the Ideology and Religion exhibition at the Saatchi as I had heard about the human hair installation and this really intrigued me as it's an odd material to use to create textiles. I was really impressed by this exhibition because of the variety of artists, I picked out 4 pieces which I found really interesting. I thought 'die harder' by David Mach was really amazing because of its scale and the really detailed facial expression; i also thought the theme of crucifixion also reminded me of my theme of suppression and rebellion and the idea of being trapped and suppressed. I found Abacus quite ominous as at first as it is hard to tell whether the moving installation involves real humans under the black veils, however when reading the description i saw that it was mannequins controlled by engines. I thought this piece might be made to stir this reaction of mystery in reaction to the veils without identity. I think maybe this piece is displaying how religion can bring people together but also create divides, with so many different religions in different corners of the world some can seem completely alien and unidentifiable to people of other religions, which is what i think the unidentifiable figures represent.

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Gu Wenda - 'United Nations- Man and Space' 1999-2000 , Human hair, white glue, burlap - Ideology and Religion at The Saatchi

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Tony Oursler 2014 Lisson Gallery

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Tony Oursler 2014 Lisson Gallery

I visited the Lisson Gallery 'Tony Oursler: template/variant/friend/stranger. I wanted to visit this exhibition because a classmate recommended it, It is also close to CSM and a gallery I had never heard of or been to before. I went with an open mind and I was really impressed. I liked Ousler's connection with communication and identity in everyday life as this is so common now with social media and new techologies to make it easier for us to communicate with people. However he also has the vision that one day our man-made technology could end up controlling us and keeping us under constant surveillance. I really liked his VIE. COG, VAC, ANO series of faces which looked at facial recognition on a large scale showing large cardboard heads with monitors and media players that allowed the heads to have conversations amongst each-other with their lips able to move and their eyes able to blink.

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Fragments of Utopia - David Wild

'Utopia by its very nature, will always be elusive and fragmentary. But a spirit of hope and a refusal to accept conservative resignation to the idea that the present  state of affairs cannot be improved and that human nature will never change :these are the things that provide the radical, utopian impulse.'

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Merce Cunningham - Choreography and dance

In my choreographic work the basis for the dances is movement, that is, the human body moving in time - space. The scale for this movement ranges from being quiescent to the maximum amount of movement (physical activity) a person can produce at any given moment.

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Merce Cunningham dance company 'Nocturnes' 1956

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Merce Cunningham, Barbara Dilley, Viola Farber, Shareen Blair, Carolyn Brown ; 'Antic Meet' 1958

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Witch Hazel - A winter-hardy plant

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The process of Flower Blooming

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Blooming process

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Blooming process

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The sex pistols

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Headdresses at the 'Shifting patterns: Pacific Barkcloth clothing' exhibition at The British Museum

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Feathered Headdress - Black patterned Mulberry Barkcloth

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Fiji - Chiefly Gifts - Fijian Chiefs wore barkcloth as a magnificent show of status - a long narrow cloth that would be wrapped around the body and removed in one flourished to be presented to visitors as a gift

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Sergei Leone 'Once Upon a time in the west' 1968

Once Upon a Time in the West Sergei Leone - Analysis of opening scene

Once Upon a Time in the West Sergei Leone - Analysis of opening scene

Shots used :

Long Shot/ Close up/ Zoom Out/ Zoom tilt up/ Close up/ Long shot/ Panning shot/ Mid shot/ Up Shot/ Down Shot/ Extreme close up/ Blackout transition

Viewers relationship to the characters:

Viewers Might feel intimidated by the ringleader of the cowboy's due to the use of up shots (shooting from below at an upwards angle) the long shots of the cowboys surrounding the wooden hut makes them seem intimidating and as though something bad is about to happen to the elderly man. We feel danger and fear for the elderly man due to the close ups in on his face and switching from his to the lead cowboy back and forth.

How is time conveyed?:

Time seems to move very slowly when panning shots are used this adds to the building of suspense and tension in the scene. Time seems to move more quickly however as the camera switches close ups face to face between the characters in this scene.

What atmosphere is conveyed?:

The atmosphere is ominous and tense. We fear for the lone elderly man as he is surrounded and his space is invaded by the gang of cowboys.

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Lady Gaga Brit Awards Costume

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Rebecca Horn - Arm Extensions- 1968

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Rebecca Horn

I looked at Rebecca Horn because I like the way that she approaches movement through body extensions. I saw visual connections between the wrapping designs in my work and the wrapping of red material around the body in Rebecca Horn's 'Arm Extensions' piece. I like the way that her pieces attempt to change the way that people move and approach things - her piece 'Unicorn' seems to promote posture due to the up-right stance of the model in her documentation. The model's posture seems to replicate the long and thin yet sturdy structure of the unicorn headpiece. Her piece 'arm extensions' takes away freedom of movement making picking things up look impossible - the piece gives the wearer almost what looks like a set of legs to replace the hands as the arm extensions reach the ground.

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Rebecca Horn - Body extensions : finger extensions - 1968

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Rebecca Horn - 'Unicorn' - 1968-9

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Rebecca Horn - 'Unicorn' - 1968-9

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Current Student Union Occupation of the CSM reception - Protesting against cuts to Foundation places and Widening participation across UAL

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Current Student Union Occupation of the CSM reception - Protesting against cuts to Foundation places and Widening participation across UAL

On Monday we were encouraged by Gary to visit the rebellious Student union In the CSM reception where they have occupied the area in PROTEST against cuts to foundation places and widening participation - their ultimate goal being free education for everyone. I really stand with them with their case as Performance Design and Practice Foundation is being directly affected by these cuts, I feel really emotionally attached to the course and the SU's cause as it has been so important for me and it has been the best experience and best decision to apply for this course. It is odd that when studying suppression and rebellion that these feelings and events have arisen somewhere I am so familiar with - it is really fuelling my project and I hope that as a class we can prove that PDP is a valuable pathway and it should not be ignored or non-prioritised.

I think what the Student Union are doing is really courageous and it was good to talk to them today and find out more about the cuts to foundation; I learnt that these cuts are taking place across England and this goes to show that education is going to become more and more expensive. I don't believe that we can label ourselves a legitimate society if we have to pay excessively just to learn. I am supporting the cause on social media and hopefully If there are any activities I can take part in soon i will be able to attend.

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Current Student Union Occupation of the CSM reception - Protesting against cuts to Foundation places and Widening participation across UAL

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Cinderella The Exhibition - Leicester Square Gardens - 21 March - 10 April 2015 Sandy Powell costume designs

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Cinderella The Exhibition - Leicester Square Gardens - 21 March - 10 April 2015 Sandy Powell costume designs

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Cinderella The Exhibition - Leicester Square Gardens - 21 March - 10 April 2015 Sandy Powell costume designs

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Cinderella The Exhibition - Leicester Square Gardens - 21 March - 10 April 2015 Sandy Powell costume designs

I thought this exhibition was really magical, and although it doesn't really relate to my work so much; I did love the costume designs on display, Sandy powell's style of drawing is so clear and I would love to work towards making my design sketches as strong as hers. You can see so clearly how the sketches translated into the costumes they are almost perfect and identical from sketch to costume. 

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Sia 'Chandelier' 2014 Music Video

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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Whitechapel Gallery - Lygia Pape - Divisor

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Lygia Pape's Divisor in Hong Kong

'The struggle for both the individuality and the collectivity one experiences in “Divisor” made us think of the boundaries we as humans construct amongst each other. During times of plague – physiological or cultural (social pests) – people become arrested in their own bodies. Contact, touch, being with others could result in contamination … Hong Kong is a megalopolis that needed a Lygia Pape, strolling in the heart of its downtown. “Divisor” temporally integrated the multi-layered and diverse society of this city.'

 

http://hyperallergic.com/71598/intertextual-healing-lygia-papes-divisor-restaged-for-the-first-time-in-asia/ 

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Lygia Pape's Divisor

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Jenny Holzer - Top Secret 32.2010 - oil on linen - depicting censorship and how it is supressing freedom of speech

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Jenny Holzer - Top Secret 32.2010 - oil on linen - depicting censorship and how it is supressing freedom of speech

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The Last Garrison - Enter Shikari

Another theme

 

POWER 

 

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The Last Garrison - Enter Shikari

The Last Garrison - Enter Shikari 

Speaking about the track, Rou Reynolds of the band says: "Life can often seem like a tumultuous onslaught of ups and downs; good and bad; euphoric and arduous. Our circumstances can change in a flicker of an eyelid. Sometimes it’s beneficial to take a step back from everything and appreciate the honour that we’re still alive."

http://www.nme.com/news/enter-shikari/80592

 

This Song made me think about A clockwork orange because it is about living 'still air in my lungs, still blood in my veins'; it made me think about humanity and what it means to be alive. I questioned why Alex does what he does and why after it was taken away he was weak. The treatment took away his old lifestyle and forced a new one upon him. There is no question that what Alex did before prison was inhuman and unforgivable; Alex is stripped of his humanity and his rights to freedom in life; was it very human of the authorities to take away Alex's life as he had done to others before prison. Does an eye for an eye make the whole world blind? Or is it fair to punish those who do wrong? Is there any such thing as rehabilitation or will there always be badness in people?

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'Freedom of the Individual' By Stuart Hampshire

 

'Freedom of the Individual' By Stuart Hampshire

'I wish to concentrate on the power to do a specific thing on a particular occasion, because this is the fundamental kind of power, and potentiality, which philosophers have tended to neglect, particularly in the context of an individual's freedom of decision.'

'.. the concept of a power to do some specific thing is complementary to the notion of a will, or of wanting to do something: associated with the concept of an action, the vouloir and pouvoir, want and can, depend on each other for their sense.'

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Another theme

 

BOHEMIAN LIFESTYLE

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Utopia and Dystopia

dystopia
dɪsˈtəʊpɪə/
noun
 
  1. an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
     
     
    utopia
    juːˈtəʊpɪə/
    noun
     
    1. an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
      synonyms:

      ideal place, paradiseheaven, heaven on earth, Eden, Garden of Eden,Shangri-La, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, Happy Valley, seventh heaven,idyllnirvanablissMore

      https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=utopia+define

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Utopia in the bible

The story of creation, told in the opening chapter of the Bible, is one of the earliest descriptions of paradise. The image of the Garden of Eden is a powerful one. The creation myth and the Garden of Eden represent the beginning of human time and experience, and therefore can conjure powerful images of a pure time and place, unmarked by history. In common with other early myths, it is set outside time and marks an ideal or Golden Age before things went wrong in the world.

 

http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/utopia/perfection1/genesis1/genesis126131.html 

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Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on the Water - 2000

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Another theme

 

REBELLION

 

'one of the most important elements in dystopian fiction is the concept of rebellion, which has always been intrinsic to youth.'

One of the key themes in the novel is that youth signifies rebellion, a new life and a potential for change. The controversial anti-hero Alex views youth as the cure to the dull reality of everyday life.

http://xmedia.ex.ac.uk/wp/wordpress/youth-and-rebellion-the-rise-of-dystopian-teen-fiction/ 

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Stanley Kubrick's interpretation of Alex

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Lumière Brothers - The Serpentine Dance 1899

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White clinical looking hospital room

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White clinical looking psychiatric hospital room

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Meanings of the Colour White

White is colour at its most complete and pure, the colour of perfection. The colour meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.

In colour psychology white is the colour of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn't stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.

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Pussy Riot

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November 2014 Student Riots over tuition fees

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November 2014 Student Riots over tuition fees

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/nov/19/student-protest-tuition-fees-scuffles-police

Wednesday 19 November 2014

By Matthew Taylor

 

Student protest over tuition fees ends in scuffles with police

 

Organisers say 10,000 joined march, which saw NUS offices daubed with paint after it refused to back protest

A student protest that attracted thousands of people on to the streets of London has ended with a series of scuffles and accusations of police violence.

Organisers said the demonstration against tuition fees and wider cuts to education was the biggest mobilisation of students since 2010 when demonstrators occupied Tory party offices at Millbank.

Wednesday’s protest saw the National Union of Students (NUS) headquarters in London daubed with paint after it decided not to back the demonstration due to “an unacceptable level of risk” to its members. That provoked anger among those who took part in the march. “We did not organise what happened at the NUS but we do know students are very angry about being let down by the NUS,” said Beth Redmond from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, one of the groups that organised the demonstration. “When you see the numbers here today, they are in danger of becoming an irrelevance.”

 

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Martha Graham; El Penitente 1940 - Costume by Edythe Gilfond

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Martha Graham; Letter to the World (swirl) 1940

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Russian Avant Garde Exhibition V&A costume designs - Alexandra Exter

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Russian Avant Garde Exhibition V&A costume designs

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AKAY Stockholm - 2006 - Concrete sculpture of a homeless man - people kick him while he's down - The Art of Rebellion 2 World of urban art activism - C100

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Barsky Stockholm 2004 - The art of Rebellion 2 world of urban activism C100

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Jim Goldberg Democratic Republic of Congo 2008 - Tate Modern - Conflict, Time, Photography

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Quadrophenia

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‘Quadrophenia’ (1979) Directed by Franc Roddam, Universal Pictures, 114 mins [DVD]

Quadrophenia 

Today I borrowed the film Quadrophenia from the library as it was recommended on the reading list for unit 7; I actually quite enjoyed the film. It reminded me in ways of 'A Clockwork Orange'  in the way that the youth made their own culture and rebelled against their parents and the rules in their world. The film reminded me of youth culture now, the film revolves around two rival 'gangs' The Mods and The Rockers, it's odd because they have no reason for hating each other but the fact that the other has not chosen to live the same way of life. I think the main character Jimmy is similar to Alex in A clockwork orange as he is on top of the world and gets everything he wants, but after being arrested at a riot he loses everything including his friends, his girlfriend his family and his home, he also attempts and fails a suicide like Alex which is where the film ends. I see the themes of the film in modern day, in gang culture, fashion and stereotypes. I think rebellion among teenagers is something that will always be present as it is the point in life where everyone is growing up ; whether this rebellion is a change in fashion or more violent i think it is something that will always exist.

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Mods and Rockers

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Richard Tuttle - ' I don't know ; The weave of textile language' - Tate modern - 19/02/2015

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Richard Tuttle - ' I don't know ; The weave of textile language' - Tate modern - 19/02/2015

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Sergey Shutov - 'Abacus' 2001 - Installation, plastic, mannequins, motors, textile, video - Ideology and Religion - The Saatchi

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Gu Wenda - 'United Nations- Man and Space' 1999-2000 , Human hair, white glue, burlap - Ideology and Religion at The Saatchi

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Tony Oursler VIE (2014) Lisson Gallery

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Tony Oursler 2014 Lisson Gallery

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John Minton ballet

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Nicholas Georgidas Sleeping Beauty

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Merce Cunningham - Ballet society dancers in 'The Seasons' 1947

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One of my costume drawings for a rebellious character has flower- like qualities

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Heather - a winter hardy plant

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The Blooming Process

HOW DO FLOWERS KNOW WHEN TO BLOOM

http://www.livescience.com/32529-how-do-flowers-know-when-to-bloom.html

 

How Do Flowers Know When to Bloom?

 

 

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The Sex Pistols - Music rebels

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/15-rock-roll-rebels-20130603/sex-pistols-19691231

Rolling Stone  '

15 Rock & Roll Rebels'

'When they were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 on the superhuman strength of their lone studio album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols,' the Englishmen snubbed the ceremony. "We're not coming," the band wrote in what looked like a ransom note. "We're not your monkeys." Though they helped shape the punk world that rejected the hippie counterculture they'd grown up in, the Sex Pistols were definitively "anti-establishment," as the previous counterculture was often described. "I am the Antichrist/I am an anarchist," Johnny Rotten famously declared to open "Anarchy in the U.K."; on "God Save the Queen," he dismissed the Queen Mother, England's most sacred cow, as "no human being." '

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The sex pistols

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Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth clothing - The British Museum - Room 91

Hawaiian Island Women's Barkcloth Skirts - (see image) The cloth for this piece was several meters in length layered and gathered around the waist to create the full skirts of Hawaiian Women. This pa'u skirt has evidence of stitching along one edge which would have secured plain layers of cloth underneath the decorated skirt. Red Plant dyes known as ula'ula' were widely used to decorate barkcloth in Hawaii.

Feathered headdress - (see image) Patterned mulberry barkcloth may have been used in mourning ceremonies which required elaborate barkcloth costumes - this particular headdress masks the wearers face. The item is from the 1800's Southern Cook Islands made from Mulberry barkcloth, natural pigments, coconut leaf, husk and hibiscus fibre. 

Chiefly Gifts - Fijian Chiefs would wear barkcloth as a magnificent show of status. Long, narrow cloths were often wrapped or looped around the body in such a way that the whole garment could be reeased in one flourish and then presented to visitors at a ceremonial occasion.

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Members of the hula group Halau Na Kipu upu'u performing a ceremony at Kilauca Volcano, Ka'aua Hawaii - Hawaiian islands 2011

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Womans Skirt - pa'u - Early 1800 Hawaiian Islands - Barkcloth natural pigments

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Rite of Spring - Pina Bausch

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The Rite of Spring -Choreography by Pina Bausch

The Rite of Spring - Pina Bausch

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Rite of Spring - Pina Bausch

A friend of mine showed me this clip of Pina Bausch's choreography for the opening of 'Rite of spring' I found it quite haunting, the simplicity of the costumes and staging focuses all of the attention onto the dancers and the single piece of red material which the dancers are continuously reacting to. On a stage of neutral colours, the colour red seems to be a disturbance and something powerful and alien. The performance has an animalistic tone and really makes the red material stand out. I also love the repetitive choreography which makes the performance seem quite tribal.

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Mastering movement : the life and work of Rudolf Laban

The Universal pattern 

1. All the world's in motion - movement of man is not isolated but part of an entire cosmos off movement.

2. Related and recurring movement patterns - patterns occur and re-occur, for example in the cellular structure of matter- movements such as bodies revolving round a body at the centre.

3. Quality of life seen in movements - sophistication of movement - plants, animals and humans can all move - plant movement is limited to growth and reproduction animals are allowed to move playfully and predatory - man has all manner of activity.

4. The common experience - All things move - where add why do they? Nothing can be distinguished as life unless it reveals movement.

5. the Unifying experience  - Movement is the unifying factor of all existence - it brings together and binds experience making it 1.

6. The basic experience - Everything we discover about life we discover through movement - our capacity to touch and move to gain further experience confirms our awareness.

7. Tools for discovery - observation - analysis - Memory and Imagination.

8. Thinking in terms of movement - It is essential to focus on the movement which goes to make that activity. 

9. The power and potential of movement - power and significance of its impact (war dances)

10. Two - way process of movement - movement arises from an inner impulse and movements affect the inner impulse. 

11. Imitation - following movement patterns

12. Adaptation - Factors modifying movement - external and internal modifications.

13. Function of movement - Man moves in order to satisfy a need - to do - to understand - to express - to dance.

14. Levels of response - shadow movements - voluntary and involuntary movements.

15. Through the body's movement we make sense of the world 

16. The body and its basic movement.

17.The body in space - where - means of orientation.

 

François Delsarte 

Analysed gestures and expressions of the body and divided the movement into three categories eccentric, concentric and normal  movement at the centre (normal) going out from the centre (eccentric) and going towards the centre (concentric)

MOTION  /  SPACE  /  TIME  /  FORCE  /  FORM  /  DESIGN  /

Man has 3 languages WORD TONE and GESTURE 

By establishing a natural state free of nervous  tension, the body could move from discord to harmony and instead of being self conscious it became self possessed for expression through movement. 

 

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Google search results for 'White Wig'

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Google search results for 'White Wig'

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Anne Hathaway - The White Queen -' Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland' 2009

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Anne Hathaway - The White Queen -' Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland' 2009

Because I am now making a white wig for my costume I thought i would type 'white wig' into google and see what i could find in the results and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland was one of the results. I love Tim Burton's alice in wonderland because of how dark it is, I think that The white queen is a symbol of resistance against the Queen of hearts who completely dictates wonderland or 'underland'. I think it is also really interesting that Lewis carol chose red and white as opposites in colour and how Anthony burgess seems to have done the same with 'A clockwork orange'. I think the use of white and red in Alice in wonderland is beautiful as we see the danger and darkness of the Queen of hearts court and the calmness and order in the white queens court.

The wig for Anne Hathaway is a really pretty wig and although it is some inspiration to me, I do not want mine to be pretty I want it to be tangled and chaotic with lots of texture, so that it doesnt really look like hair but more like Lady GaGa's wig she wore to the Brits.

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‘World Textiles: A Sourcebook’ The British Museum

I thought I would do some research into the making of the material 'gauze' as i am using it in my wig it would be nice to know where it is made and just to understand how it is made:

'Gauze - weaving is an ancient skill: warp threads, crossed by hand and secured by the weft, form open-meshed cloth with the delicacy of lace ' 

After reading this and understanding that weaving gauze is a difficult skill to master, I felt bad de-constructing it to make my wig. However, its nice to learn little things about textile construction, as I had never heard of Gauze before this project and now I know of another material which is good for the future. 

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Gauze weaving

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Current Student Union Occupation of the CSM reception - Protesting against cuts to Foundation places and Widening participation across UAL

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Curling over in stretch fabrics

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Pattern Magic; Stretch Fabrics - Tomoko Nakamichi

I wanted some information on working with stretch fabrics and I found a book in the library that focuses on creating sculptural fashion using these stretch fabrics. The introduction to the book (p.8) states exactly what I thought it would, It talks about how In this book the pattern sizes are shrunk down significantly - this is so that the stretch fabrics will fit nicely on the body and sculpt around the arms and waist etc, to give the tight fitting effect of stretch fabrics. 

On page 9 the author is explaining how the fabric they are using stretches well but it does curl - I have experienced this with my lycra - the tip in the book is to 'use something nice and stretchy like circular rib or rib stitch if this is a problem' this tells e that i need to play around with my sewing machine to see which stitch and tension adjusts best to the lycra and prevents it from curling at the sides. 

Looking at the patterns in this book helped me to see what is possible to make with stretch fabrics - I like the use of gathering that is used in the designs in this book as it creates a really beautiful effect on the body- emphasising areas such as the waist and shoulders. I also really appreciate the way that stretch fabrics can fit to the body and then be left to freely move in a skirt or dress form - it is so adaptable and this is why it is good for dancing- it allows a lot of movement and doesn't restrict the body like non-stretch fabrics do.

This book wasn't entirely what I was looking for - although it was interesting and led me to some realisations about stretch fabrics - it did not help me with any tips on how to sew it in a way that the fabric will not gather, and so that the garment will stay as it was before being worn despite it stretching around the body.

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Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise 

Today I went to see the film 'Suite Francaise' which was about the German Occupation of France in World War 2, the storyline explored the rebellion of a French woman against the German occupiers and the rebellion of a German Lieutenant against his commanders. The rebellion in this story is in the form of a  love story and how the two people one suppressed by his orders and the other suppressed by a powerful opposing force - the pair help to free a man of the French Village who was forced to kill an officer in self defence they also help to hide a Jewish girl from the Nazi forces. The film was very interesting showing how most of the rich in the town tried to bribe the German officers with money and gossip so that they could keep their riches and high status whilst the poor were further suppressed, already labouring hard and desperate for more food they are suppressed further by having officers assigned to live with them and share their supplies. 

The most rebellious part of the whole film though was the end explaining how the story was never completed as a Jewish woman wrote 'Suite Francaise' during World War 2, she was taken to Auschwitz and left the unfinished novel in a suitcase that was later discovered by her daughters, the author died in Auschwitz but rebelled and lived on through her novel which went unharmed and undestroyed by the Nazi's.

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Sadlers Wells 'A Streetcar Named Desire' The Scottish Ballet

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' The Scottish Ballet at Sadlers Well's

I went to see the Scottish ballet adaptation of the play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' By Tennessee Williams, as It has themes that match the ones I am facing in my project. The storyline follows two sisters from a wealthy family who lose their home and inheritance and are left with no money, before they face this problem the younger of the two, Stella, moves away and meets 'Stanley' her partner; the eldest sister Blanche is forced to seek help from Stella and Stanley, she goes to live with them and finds it is not the ideal situation. Blanche finds that Stanley is an abusive partner and uses his power to suppress Stellas freedom. The story is very tragic and there is no force of rebellion that is effective against Stanley as Stella is in love with him and Blanches effort to make Stella leave fails. The story ends with Blanche being sent away to a psychiatric unit when Stella is convinced that she is mad when Blanche rightfully accuses Stanley of Raping her. 

The Ballet really told the story well and followed the narrative perfectly through the removal of speech and implementation of movement. The set was really impressive and mostly depended on movable building blocks which transformed into different props such as a bed, a table and chairs, and a luminous hotel sign. I think the most impressive and effective part of the set was one of the earliest scenes, as Blanche is left alone with only her house as inheritance, the house constructed from building blocks tumbles and crashes across the stage. I found this really effective in showing how Blanches life is falling apart and it is the beginning of the end. The costumes were amazing and I loved Blanches in particular, layered material in most of her costumes created a beautiful flared and glamorous effect as she moved, however at her most vulnerable this was stripped back to a simple shift dress, the silky material and single layer showed how her facade of being a wealthy woman was stripped away to the simplicity of her new life.

Overall I really enjoyed the performance, the dancers were amazing and I picked up some ideas for the choreography in my performance where i can show the suppression of my character and how she might break away from that. Im glad I went to this performance because it has given me a lot of ideas and it was also really visually beautiful.

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Sadlers Wells 'A Streetcar Named Desire' The Scottish Ballet

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Sia 'Chandelier' 2014 Music Video

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Sia 'Chandelier' 2014 Music Video

Sia 'Chandelier' 2014 Music Video

I really love Sia's music video for her song 'Chandelier. Her dancer Maddie Ziegler's movements are really beautiful, I like the way that it looks like she is being controlled or programmed to make certain movements in some parts and then how in other parts she appears to be moving freely. I like the distorted and sort of creepy choreography that is used and it has inspired me with some of the movements i can incorporate into my video. I think now that i would like to make my dancer look like she has just been born and has broken free of a force into life, I think it would be interesting to see the character stumbling around and exploring an empty space and putting her mark on it.

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