Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There have been a lot of people thinking about this, from Shakespeare (and before) in Hamlet (which we turn to next week) to more recent thought including Goffman's ideas about the performance of everyday life, and the interdisciplinary field of "performance studies." Some useful ideas from performance studies that we can toss around include:
the definition of performance as any behavior consciously separated from the person doing it
the idea that all performance involves a consciousness of doubleness, an awareness that the performance is FOR someone.
*Further reading: Marvin Carlson's Performance: A Critical Introduction
NEXT WEEK: Hamlet!
Monday, February 14, 2011
What does Goffman mean by "performance?" To be "taken in" or "cynical?" By "setting" and "personal front?" To what does Goffman's perspective turn our focus?
As we explore Don Quixote in a range of manifestations--the Cervantes text, art, ballet, musical theater, in popular discourse, and in the documentary about Terry Gilliam's failure to make a film based on Quixote--let's think about how the concept of performance, and of being taken in or being cynical about one's own performance, or mask, connect to one of the famous lines from Cervantes' Don Quixote: “I know who I am, and who I may be, if I choose.”
Web "tour" about Don Quixote I suggest the text-based version.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
MFA 3d animation thesis
Foundations and Transformations of Buddhism: An Overview
John M. Koller
Central Teachings: The Noble Fourfold Truth and the Noble Eightfold Path
After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha presented the central teaching of Buddhism as the Noble Fourfold Truth. The four parts are:
- Life as it is usually lived is profoundly unsatisfactory and full of suffering ( duhkha ).
- The Buddha saw that suffering arises because of ignorance about existence, an existence that is dynamic and ever-changing, consisting of interrelated processes. If the very nature of everything that exists is to be continuously changing and if everything that exists is interrelated and interdependent, then the human craving for permanence, separateness, and independence will be inevitably frustrating.
- Overcoming the craving for a separate and permanent existence will eliminate suffering.
- The fourth part offers a way of practice that can eliminate the ignorance and selfish grasping that causes suffering : the Noble Eightfold Path
The Noble Eightfold Path consists in wisdom (namely the acquisition of right views and wholesome intentions), virtuous living (right speech, right actions, and right livelihood), and meditative insight achieved by right effort, mindfulness, and concentration. Therefore the eight parts are:
- Right views
- Right or wholesome intentions
- Right speech
- Right actions
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration