L Squared

L Squared

Lisa D. Long is a choreographer, dancer, educator and LMT. She danced professionally for fourteen years, is an award winning filmmaker and teaches at CSUF. lisadlongdance.com

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Artistry in Horror

How do films and television shows utilize blood and gore in artistic ways to further the plot and to create a visceral reaction without going overboard. Where is the "sweet-spot" of horror and is it the gestalt of the production that makes it palatable?

Looking back to Peter Greenaway’s "The Cook the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," the use of dynamic lighting, opulent costumes, and luxurious set draw the audience in while opening up all of the senses. It is as if you can taste, touch and smell this film. This, juxtaposition with filth and violence that follows creates a more dramatic sensory shift thus intensifying the horror of the film.

Currently, "Penny Dreadful" utilizes some of the same production values to appeal to the senses of the audience before flooding ballrooms with blood.

What are other examples of transcendent use of blood and gore and how are directors achieving high levels or artistry within horror.

  • examining the horror media in early 20th century and others could be useful. Also, the essays from horror writers like H.P Lovecraft or Stephen King could help – idleric 6 months ago
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  • Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection is a difficult one to grasp but is exactly right for this topic. – JudyPeters 6 months ago
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Docents at the Broad Museum: Guiding Visitors To Actively View Art

Comprised of a combination of art students, artists, and educators, the docents at Los Angeles’ Broad museum do not just give visitors the answers to questions. Answering questions by asking questions invites guests to come up with their own ideas about the art they are viewing. This is a refreshing experience that challenges viewers to interact with the art at a higher level of investment thus providing a more personalized experience. By increasing viewers’ understanding of art through more direct engagement, the Broad is creating a more artistically educated society one guest at a time.

  • Interesting form of public service. When I patronized a certain place and ask a question about it, being given an answer certainly lasts only as long as the next piece. By doling out questions, it seems to me that the experience permeates the mind longer. – lofreire 9 months ago
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  • There is a fair amount of scholarly research published on interactions between museum guides and viewers, particularly in terms of learning engagement on the part of viewers. (See for example, E. Louis Lankford, “Aesthetic Experience in Constructivist Museums,” The Journal of Aesthetic Education (Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2002) 146.) I wonder if this sort of approach is addressed in the literature, and if so, did they implement these policies based on the literature? – PMGH 4 months ago
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My pleasure, Take good care.

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you and it’s not even just artists. Try the rolling and see how you feel afterwards. It’s basically help for all humans!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you, and happy creating!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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I’m so glad to have tapped in a reminder. Hands are especially important to look after as overuse injuries are so very common due to, well.. overuse! Take good care!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Hello Emily, thank you for reading and yes, it’s all about balance in creation. Roll on and happy creating!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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Thank you for reading and I’m glad to help!

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists
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So glad you found it helpful! There’s more to come!
Best,
LL

Enhancing Performance: Self-Care for All Artists