VVP: Art 434 & Engl. 410

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spot Collaboration, 4/5/16

For this collaboration, the students were asked to complete a number of steps in about 45 minutes:

1) Watch Billie Holiday sing "Sad & Lonely" and pay special attention to her face as the various horn players in the band take their solos. (We emphasized the importance of--and in Billie's case, delight in--"listening to the material," and to consider how that listening affects the shape your own art takes.)

2) Interview at least three other classmates from the "other side" of the class--that is, artists interview writers, and writers interview artists. They asked, What project are you working on this semester? How is it different from the other work you make? What are you learning from working on it?

3) Listen to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and consider how the singer's feelings of isolation and malaise are expressed best through "concrete" details: "Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? / A smile from a veil?"

4) Look over what your interviewees told you about their projects, and "translate" them into something "concrete" you can share. Writers: Make a text construction of some sort, as short as you can make it. Artists: Produce an image. (One student made a video.)

When finished, the students e-mailed the work to us, and we put it together in a presentation we projected on the screen. We took turns reading the text as we scrolled through it. Below is a version of that presentation.

Spot Collaboration - Interview Abt Practice, Billie Holiday, Pink Floyd

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