Bill and I have been working on the dramaturgical research, which has given me a new respect for the awesome power of the internet, as well as the chance to read and look at lots of interesting things! My internet-admiration arises from wading through seas of information, images, and music which are all just a mouse-click away. As someone who subsists on a limited internet diet of email, facebook, and the occasional blog, I am filled with astonishment at just how much stuff is out there - narrowing the chaos down, and being able to find exactly what I’m looking for has been a challenge!
“Cross-textual” dramaturgy has been useful this week. For example, in plays like Clementine in the Lower Nine, there are several concrete topics and themes to research, i.e. Katrina, the story of Agamemnon, etc. But what about a play like Hum? Hum takes place in a futuristic urban landscape in which humans can no longer use speech to communicate. Instead the two main characters communicate their love for each other through holding up post-it notes while they make breakfast. Electronic white noise known as “the hum” blankets the world. After the husband has a chance encounter with a sinister man in a subway car, he gets drawn into the murky heart of the hum…
For plays like Hum, therefore, I have been looking for less literal material, i.e. images which speak to the atmosphere of the play, pieces of fiction and music. For this blog post, I wanted to share some of the pieces of art I have discovered along the way…
The series is called “Dystopia” and deals with the way our individuality gets erased in a world of technology, as well as the disappearance of face-to-face interaction.
For Etched in Skin I did some research into black women artists. This is Emma Amos’s Worksuit. In this piece she “wears” the body of a white man, while painting a white woman sprawled on the ground.
Faith Ringgold is another artist I looked at for Etched in Skin. This is her painting The American Series #20: Die. (Also, her website is really cool, particularly the section “Racial Questions and Answers” www.faithringgold.com/)
That’s all for now! I got the schedule of the conference today, and it looks great…I can’t believe I’m going to get to meet the playwrights of plays I’ve been thinking about and researching for so much!