31.3.14

BHQFU Week #10 Object Lessons: Geo Wyeth, Hausu, & The Empty Space by Peter Brook

Yesterday was my favorite class so far, but it's probably because we were assigned to watch Hausu, one of my favorite movies of all time.  Hausu, which is part of the criterion collection and is directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, is a seminal piece of Japanese horror and is loved for it's campy and sincere style. 

We were also assigned to read the third part of Peter Brook's The Empty Space, where Brooks discusses how audiences can be captured - that even in an unlikely theater or space, with seemingly off props and decor, the audience can be completely enraptured.  In few occasions they can be more attentive in these spaces than in huge beautifully crafted theaters. 
In class we watched the beginning of Geo Wyeth's video Quartered that is currently being shown in the Studio Museum in Harlem as part of the show When the Stars Begin to Fall, Imagination and the American South.  You can expect a better post about this work when I see the show this coming week.  Geo Wyeth had a lot of really captivating ideas about seduction, performance, theater, and his experience as a transgender artist.  What I enjoyed most was his ability to be completely sincere about whatever it was he was discussing, an attribute that is a favorite of mine in artists. 
My favorite highlights of the conversation were when I explained what fan service was to the class, when people asked if the film Hausu was popular, and when Jarrett made an off hand remark stating that seduction and coercion were just a honey trap.  There are a lot of little delicious moments like these that make this class so engaging. 

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