Art-full Encounters

If I May Say Productions seeks partnerships based upon exploration and exchange of ideas, aesthetic experiences, and creative development.  Because our world is full of art from graffiti artists to leaves fluttering in the wind to staged performances, If I May Say Productions operates on a spectrum of entry points from social to service in an educational modality.  These encounters seek to build an awareness and acceptance towards the world beyond while affirming the individual’s response and experience in it.

On aesthetic inquiry, from the late Maxine Greene in Variations on a Blue Guitar (pp. 53-54):

What I think we ought to understand is that paintings, dances, musical works, poems, and the rest are deliberately made for the sake of such experience. They are sometimes called privileged objects for that reason. But if they are to come into existence for you as aesthetic objects or events, they also have to be attended to in a particular way. They do not open themselves automatically, anymore than do apples and cherries on a fruit stand; they have to be achieved as aesthetic objects, and that has everything to do with you… My point is that, if the painting or the dance performance or the play is to exist as an aesthetic object or event for you, it has to be attended to in a particular way. You have to be fully present to it – to focus your attention on it and, again, to allow it to exist apart from your everydayness and your practical concerns. I do not mean that you, as a living person with your own biography, your own history, have to absent yourself. No, you have to be there in your personhood, encountering the work much in the way you encounter other persons.

The proper way to encounter another person is to be open to them, to be ready to see new dimensions, new facets of the other, to recognize the possibility of some fresh perception or understanding, so you may know the other better, appreciate that person more variously. This is, actually, how we ordinarily treat each other as persons. We do not treat each other as case histories, or instances of some psychological or sociological reality – not, that is, in personal encounters. Nor do we come up against each other as if the other were merely an inanimate object, incapable of reciprocation. There are analogues between this and encounters with works of art, especially in the readiness for fresh illumination, in the willingness to see something, to risk something unexpected and new.”

Read more: Aesthetic Education, Inquiry, and the Imagination


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