From: Tom Gray@MITEL on 05/30/2001 12:46 PM
Looking into the reasons that someone makes a work of art brings to mind a
speech I heard from the conductor Trevor Pinnock. He agreed to be the artistic
director of the local orchestra here. I attended his first performance before
which he gave a short introduction in French and English. He made an observation
which although conventional gives much insight. He observed that his main
purpose that year for the orchestra was to 'put more bumbs in the seats.' This
is a conventional British observation but it does show that artistic work is as
conventional as any other work. Does an entrepreneur create companies because of
some psychological need. Perhaps so but just as validly, the entrepreneur wants
to make a living. Pinnock's 'bumbs in the seats' remark is analogous to the 'no
bucks no Buck Rogers' maxim that is found throughout engineering.
People do things because that is what they do. Psychological interpretations of
the genesis of a work of art seem to me to be as relevant as analysing Pinnock's
marketing strategies to understand his artistic approach to baroque music. It
can make for an intersting study but it is not about art.
Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]> on 05/30/2001 12:23:13 PM
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Subject: Re: Reality and poetry
Marcia Karp wrote:
>>> If what you say is true -- that the writing of the poem was a coping
>>> strategy for the wounded poet -- in what ways does your insight matter
>>> to the reading of the poem? I don't mean in what ways was Eliot
>>> affected by his own life, but in what ways do readers benefit from
>>> knowing the facts of his life?
Rick Parker then wrote:
>> This might not be a word I would thought of using before quoting
>> Joseph Campbell but what is wrong with compassion?
Pat Sloane then wrote:
> People more interested in the artist's life than in the art don't
> exactly qualify as compassionate. Most of them have no interest in
> art, or an inability to relate to it as art, from which they take off
> in either of two directions. ...
> It's just that I rather gag at hearing it called "compassionate," and
> the word that came to mind for me more quickly was "sick."
Maybe we should be compassionate toward all those "sick" souls and
take some time to listen to what they ACTUALLY say to find out out
what is REALLY on their minds.
Nah! Never mind. I haven't seen anything like that working out.