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December 08 2015

Five iconic works of genius made to prove a petty point. You may be somewhat familiar with #3.

You may also be familiar with the story behind the story.

If "Hush" was petty then I need a lot more petty on my tv.
I know, the snarky title almost made me not post this. But it's a pretty interesting list. And yeah, nothing petty about 'Hush.' It speaks volumes.
I think the list proves a different point: Namely, that the artistic process often thrives precisely because it has been subjected to seemingly confining rules or limitations. One could think of countless other examples to prove the point. I don't know why this is true, but I think it is. Maybe limitation somehow forces the artist to use their imagination more than they otherwise would. Or perhaps limitation makes for a more focused or cohesive product.
Yeah... seems more like "artists motivated by a challenge."
Art is the process of indirectly communicating something (such as an idea or concept.)

Let's say that you have a flower and you want to communicate the idea of that flower to someone else. The most obvious way would be to take that flower and present it to them for study - concept transferred, job completed.

If only.

Because we all perceive and process things differently (and are so far incapable of telepathically transmitting ideas directly) the only way to successfully communicate the same idea is by tweaking its actual physical representation so that the concepts match. This process of 'tweaking' is - in effect - what we call art, and it only manifests when there exists a need for it (otherwise known as the presence of limitations.)

That is the real reason why great art and limitations go hand-in-hand. Because, without limitations, art doesn't exist.

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2015-12-08 23:49 ]
That article's title makes no sense to me. I like though that some of these artists were willing to take the chances that they did. It means they didn't want to rest on their laurels.
The TV Guide article linked within the story does not demonstrate that "Whedon found the process of writing a script without dialogue terrifying." It demonstrated other people involved in that episode (the composer, actors) finding it terrifying.

Do we know what terrifies Joss?
Possibly synchronized swimming, although perhaps that's just Giles.

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