By Matthew Goulish
'A sequence of injuries has introduced you this publication. you might imagine of it now not as a publication, yet as a library, an elevator, an novice functionality in a close-by theatre. Open it to the desk of contents. flip to the web page that sounds the main fascinating to you. learn a sentence or . Repeat the method. learn this ebook as an inventive act, and consider encouraged.' 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of functionality is a set of miniature tales, parables, musings and thinkpieces at the nature of studying, writing, paintings, collaboration, functionality, existence, loss of life, the universe and every thing. it's a distinctive and relocating record for our occasions, jam-packed with interest and beauty, thoughtfulness and soreness. Matthew Goulish, founder member of functionality team Goat Island, meditates on those and different varied issues, proving, alongside the way in which, that the bounds among poetry and feedback, and among creativity and idea, are much much less mounted than they might appear. The booklet is revelatory, solemn but now and then hilarious, and surely written to motivate - or maybe impress - creativity and concept.
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What I advocate is not so unusual, because if we have been trained at all, we have probably been trained to spot the negatives, and to try to improve the work by eliminating them. Given, as we have established, that criticism always changes the critic, this approach means trouble. Whatever we fix our attention on seems to 45 39 microlectures criticism 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8111 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 41111 46 39 microlectures criticism multiply before our eyes.
2 THE EXAMPLE OF WINDOWS 5 6 Most critics would not contest the idea that criticism exists to cause a change. But to 7 cause a change in what? 8 9 Rarely has a work of critical thought successfully caused a change in the artwork it 40 addresses. If a critic sees a film one day, and writes a review the next excoriating the 41111 weakness of the lead actor’s performance, that same critic could return to the theater on the third day, and, despite the conviction of his argument, encounter the actor’s performance unchanged.
Yet this aspect of the described learning ritual, places the meaningful in the context of the meaningless. It shows the teaching of a lesson in the light of the unteachable. It presents us with the frightening possibility that learning only takes place in the presence of the unlearnable. 2 ANTHEM It is Friday, June 21, 1996. The members of Goat Island are teaching the first day of a three-day performance workshop with local theater artists in Zagreb, Croatia. In a few hours time, the participants, divided into small collaborative groups, have assembled rough performances using material generated from movement, sound, and writing exercises.
39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance by Matthew Goulish