Memory is an integral part of being human. Our identity is based on our personal experiences, in our own growth and changes. Theater Re’s performance shows a take at what it can be like to have a personality interrupted by memory loss. This was particularly interesting to me because I have family members who have trouble remembering from age-related mental deterioration, and it was both insightful and moving to see that experience from another angle.
The Nature of Forgetting’s choreography, lights, set pieces, music, and more left everyone at the Colwell Playhouse in awe. It is impressive how most of the play happened in a small block of wood, and with only four “full time” actors and two part-musicians/actors. Definitely, a revolutionary idea, with a fully accomplished execution.
Wow! When art meets science, it really opens up your mind to social issues in a way that you have never imagined.
This particular art talk on radioactivity and the landscape made me realize the severity of radioactive materials on our landscape.
Before attending this art talk, I was unaware of the issues of radioactivity. The picture above shows a landscape that is lost. This makes me sad because such beautiful landscape should never have been destroyed.
This other artwork shows the landscape of New Mexico. With a yellowish green hue, the landscape looks polluted. This feels like the artist is trying to portray what uranium dumping is doing to our earth.
The most interesting part of the artworks are the difference between the graphs. The first artwork shows a graph that spans over a million years, while the second artwork shows a graph that spans over a hundred years. The graph represents how the radioactive materials are losing mass and how the subatomic particles are trying to find a stable state to make it no longer radioactive.
I like how the artists incorporated graphs into the artworks because it gives more “weight” to the severity of the issue being discussed. It makes us think and feel more about the social issue.
The art talk ended with a discussion on the Open Care Project, where we think about “what if everyone has their own radioactive waste storage? what if radioactive waste becomes a personal responsibility?” The radioactive waste could become a jewelry, that can only become wearable after 5 million years. It is certainly a very interesting thought, and I imagine a totally different world. A world where there are no uranium dumps and a cleaner world for us to live in. A utopia.
Overall, this art talk was really meaningful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It introduced me to how art can assist in communicating social issues and let the audience ponder about major issues that we were previously unaware of.
I just had dinner at Ikenberry and was ready to go to the Krannert Art Museum. I got to the East Gallery just in time to listen to Bridge #2.2. This diverse group, in both place of origin and age, is constituted by saxophonist and flutist Mai Sugimoto, guitarist Raymond Boni, double bassist Paul Rogers, and Illinois native bassist Anton Hatwich. They all come from different parts of the world: Japan, England, and France.