Four for Tuesday: Have a Critical Mind
1.Play: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
I will only briefly introduce you to the play (drama) M. Butterfly with the hope that I will write again about this thrilling piece. I had to read it for a class and I’m so glad I did. The story revolves around a Frenchman who is a diplomat in the French Embassy in China and falls in love with a Chinese woman. He ends up having a child with her and also marrying and living with her for 20 years. It turns out, she is a Chinese spy and also – A MAN! The story touches many dualities, namely, the Orient and Occident, the man and woman, the powerful and powerless, etc. It’s an absolutely fascinating play and very worth reading. Also, it’s a short read, for the ones who just cannot commit.
2.Designer: Vasjen Katro
This Albanian designer is the mind behind Baugasm which is a style that he created in the field of design. He made designs every day of a year – 365 designs. And, these were really good ones. Although his work is admirable, what I most like about him as an artist is his dedication. He’s a true example of how hard work pays off. Very motivating, if you ask me. Also, if you look into his Instagram, you can see that he isn’t only a graphic designer, rather he’s is a visual designer. In addition to that, he does many other visual projects, such as videos and photography.
Also, one of his designs was chosen to be shown on the newest edition of Illustrator (Adobe) when one opens the program. That’s impressive! Overall, I think he’s a very interesting designer to introduce yourself to and also get some inspiration and motivation from.
3. Movie: Room
This is not just another flick to kill the time, this is the real deal kind of movie. It’s the story of a woman who was kidnapped and gave birth while in captivity. Her son is aged five now and the room he was born in is the boy’s world, i.e. he has never seen anything beyond it. He just starts building some concepts about life at the time we look into this story. Although it will likely terrify you from getting kidnapped, it is a much deeper movie. I urge you not to watch a trailer nor read anything more about this movie and just watch it. It will likely surprise you but also hopefully make you reflect and think. I don’t know if the movie was intended to have everything I’ve extracted from it, but it certainly isn’t a plain movie.
Painting: This is Not a Pipe by Rene Magritte
Images can be deceiving and Rene Magritte showed this best in The Treachery of Images. There is a picture of a pipe and he wrote: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” which stands for “This is not a pipe.” in French. Most basically and simply put, the idea is that what is shown is not a pipe, it is rather the picture of a pipe. What it means is that art can be deceiving, as this piece of art makes first-time viewers wonder “but, how is this not a pipe?!”. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite pieces of art and I have it as a case on my phone.
You can keep analyzing it and inevitably you will understand not to trust everything that is put forth to you, rather to have a more critical and analytical mind. I love that this art piece encourages critical thought and especially towards its kind.
I hope you enjoy this quick series of articles and learn or get introduced to something new every week with me. If there’s something you want to introduce me to, just write to me HERE and I might feature you and your idea in the next blog of this series.