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October 19, 2009

Reading Dancing Perfectly Free‘s description of Gibney Dance’s newest work View Partially Obstructed, I couldn’t help but think about the work of a very different contemporary artist.

In spite of having incomplete or distorted information, we shape our understanding of ourselves and others based on what we know.

Red Yellow Looming

Standing in from of Red Yellow Looming by Jenny Holzer, a group of students and I pondered just how much a person can take in at once.  We thought about the places where we normally see tickers like the ones literally looming over us at that moment and realized: we are only ever getting the tip of the tip of the iceberg.  For the first time maybe, we were not just thinking about this fact, but feeling it.  Feeling the overwhelming sense that we just couldn’t know it all, and yet we are all still responsible for having opinions, voting, and otherwise functioning as thoughtful citizens.

I guess what I’m saying is that this seems like a great subject matter to explore through dance.  I wish I could have seen this show.  Once again, I fail to be able to see everything.

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