AESTHETICS FOR BIRDS

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100 Philosophers 100 Artworks 100 Words #28

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Philosopher: Karen Gover (Bennington)
Artwork: Doug Varone, Aperture (1993).  Dance (music: Schubert’s Moments Musicaux No. 2)

100 Words: This little gem by one of my favorite choreographers shows how great artists can make a lot from seemingly little:  constructed from simple gestures and quotidian movements, Aperture does not look like a dance in the conventional sense, and yet it conveys a whole world of mood and meaning.  It made me see everyday life as rich material for a dance, and it made me see beauty in the unthinking motions of everyday life.

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