by Wilson Hurst, Cohort ’13
Dance so soon
Craft of decanting
On the performance platform, a profusion of simultaneous underground events are coincidentally choreographed. Wandering through such a wonderland of personal assembly, the artist probes confined environs for clues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Complicated and confused yet twisted together precisely, a cacophony of stimulation manifests, clearly obvious to eye and mind.
Through imagination, art is able to bridge the rational with the intelligible, giving purpose to existence. This capacity is what provides aesthetics its considerable influence. Even as self-knowledge can never fully reveal all we are, creative invention aspires to express the un-representable.
“Empathy is the nature of the intoxication to which the flâneur abandons himself in the crowd. He . . . enjoys the incomparable privilege of being himself and someone else as he sees fit. Like a roving soul in search of a body, he enters another person whenever he wishes.” – Walter Benjamin