LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #66 – Interpretation

Interpreting is making meaning out of signs. A text can be spoken to mean different things and the same happens with music or choreography. Every artistic director can understand slightly different things from a set piece and, if they restage it, this understanding is what will make their production different from the others. That is part of the game, because art, as opposed to science, is concerned with subjectivity. It’s great that art validates human nature in this way, because humans are not gauges; our take on things is always an interpretation. Being aware of this (and of when our interpretation is becoming a distortion) can make communicating and relating to others and the world a lot simpler.

 

 

María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #52 – Theme

The theme is the central topic of something. The notion that a piece has to have a theme and be about something was put into question during the first half of the 20th Century by postmodern art, including dance, music and theater. With this break, artists compose work which is open enough to invite the audience to make their own meaning or they avoid it completely and compose according to purely formal methodologies. In this way, a piece is no longer a medium encoding a message, but an experience in itself. Just perceiving something as opposed to conceptualizing it, analyzing it, evaluating it or making sense of it is more difficult than it may seem. We can also call it being witness. Or meditation, which has been around far longer than postmodernism.

 

 

María Ferrara