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Art of Conversation

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:46 am
by Carson Collins
Based upon an original idea presented by actor, comedian, musician, etc. the late Steve Allen's TV show "Meeting of the Minds" from the 1970's.
I propose a similar idea but with artists in the past being the characters who's role you would like to assume.

Here is how this might work: Leo da Vinci and Rembrandt could be sitting at the table speaking to several of the Impressionists and a few Modern artists like Picasso and Dali and, OK some Post-Modernists - really any artist (including all of the arts, not just painting) -at the same time, getting a conversation going and you then make a statement as if you are playing the role of one of these artists (let's say Vincent van Gogh for example) and direct that statement to another artist or artists and then await a response from another fM member playing the role of that other artist. It could be hilarious.
For example:
Gauguin asks Vincent van Gogh,"What makes you think you can paint sunflowers?" Vincent replies,"Well Paul, at least I put an adequate amount of paint on the canvas instead of smearing the stuff thin like water... by the way, how are the wife and kids?"

The idea is to be speaking as if all these artists were alive at once here on fM.

Anyone can play as many artists as they like, no more than one person can play the same artist, the only rule is that they have to be dead or fictional..

This Game flourished briefly in another Artists' Forum on the WWW (which shall remain nameless); here are a few of the better examples to get us started:

An excellent proposal for a forum game!
May I be Hamlet and/or Oscar Wilde?
- Carson Collins

I need my old friend Oscar to banter with
- James Abbott McNeill Whistler


Oscar the only book you ever wrote was based on me...the rest are one liners...J M Whistler.

Origin of the modern phrase, "What a piece-a-work!" :lol:

My paintings are created from random mental images which weave in and out of my mind and the objects in the world I see before me. I do not understand them and do not want to understand them either. Why would anyone else pretent to know about them?

- (with apologies to the 1945 film, The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Deranged? What a compliment and gracias senior.
- Sal

OK I agree that "deranged" is a compliment. (may I play Jim Morrison as well, please?) However "repulsive" and "diseased" are intended by Oscar's alter ego, Dorian Gray, to be much less respectful.

well if you play Morrison Carson, you better keep that thing in your pants...
- JM Whistler.

I never took it out of my pants. (Well, not on stage in Miami, FL I mean!) None of the dozens of photographs that were introduced as evidence (by my fabulously expensive attorney) showed any such thing. And there were bulbs a-poppin all over the place. A fact that the Prosecution never managed to refute. I died while free on a $50,000 cash appellate bond.

I did an old shaman's trick with my two fingers.

Now, if you want to talk about Iggy Pop, that's another story

Sorry Jim I only get my news from the other side..I was dead when it happened...
- JM Whistler

O, so you only get your "news" from "The Other Side"?
Now I'm going to have to play Harry Houdini as well!

Carson I'm starting to think that you are more schizoid then Dali..hey even on the other side you have to watch out for a sucker punch...
- JM Whistler

Very apt. Houdini died from a ruptured spleen as the result of a "sucker punch" by a McGill University student, J. Gordon Whitehead .

thats what I'm saying home boy.....

How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world...
- Hamlet

Harry Houdini had a secret word he was to use when his spirit was to return to his wife that only she pick out the fake mediums....
- JM Whistler

And the "secret" is this: There is no word! The envelope is empty.
HA HA, suckers!

Jimbo are you High or are you talking to Harry on the ocean side? gonna get real close , gonna get real tight, gonna drown tonight.....oh sorry thems yer words..and did you really die or did you meet Pamela in Africa?
.....JM Whistler

Why, my dear fellow, the very last rumor I heard was that Harry, Jim, and Pam were all in what passes for Africa here on The Other Side. Living with a gorilla, in a tree outside Nairobi.
And there was that other chap, Bottomly.
A female gorilla, of course; there's nothing queer about Bottomly.

These two fellows need haircuts.

I shall pass on your good advice. It is the only thing that one can do with it,
as it is never of the slightest use to oneself.

YO, DALI! Why don't you cut off your MUSTACHE, man?
It's only hair, right?

Whistler, yo mama dresses you tacky.
And I wouldn't be criticizin' other folks' haircuts if I was you neither, honey
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

OK, enough already. You get the idea.
Anyone want to play?

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:56 pm
by Carson Collins
Come on now, home-girls!
Elizabeth Taylor is now on The Other Side.
Don't any of you want to play her part?

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:33 pm
by Carson Collins
O, sorry. I guess it's too soon. My bad. 8)

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:20 am
by Carson Collins
Well, that idea went over like a lead balloon! :lol:

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 7:14 pm
by C-nick
So, I just pick an artist that is dead and then pretend to be them? Alright let me see, oooh here's a challenge, can I be the anonymous writer of Beowulf? Though I might have to rhyme everything. :D

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 7:55 pm
by Carson Collins
Yes, you can pick anyone, and you can play any number of different characters. There are only two rules:
1. The character that you're impersonating has to be either deceased or fictional, and
2. Only one player can play any given character.

For example, I have dibs on Oscar Wilde (deceased), Harry Houdini (deceased), Jim Morrison (deceased), and Hamlet (fictional), so nobody else can play those characters. And it's like "shotgun!" to determine who gets to ride in the suicide seat - whoever calls it first gets the role.

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 8:15 pm
by C-nick
So I call dibs on the writer of Beowulf, One of the Witches in Macbeth, Queen Maeve of the Red Branch Cycle, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Witch to Hamlet:
What is this,
So depressed and emotional in his countenance,
That he look not quite in the right o' mind,
And yet might be? Live you? or are you aught
That might comprehend? he seems to see me,
but all his expressive fingers lay upon,
That lifeless skull: you should be a man,
And yet your tights prohibit me to percieve,
That you are so.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 8:27 pm
by Carson Collins
Lifeless skull? O, you mean Yorick.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, a fellow of infinite
jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a
thousand times, and now how abhorr'd in my imagination it is!
My gorge rises at it.
Hamlet Act 5, scene 1

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 4:06 am
by C-nick
The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatality of poor Yorrick. :(

Re: Art of Conversation

Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 10:45 am
by Carson Collins
'Tis true. I have of late, but wherefore
I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercise;
and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition;
that this goodly frame the Earth seems to me a sterile
Promontory; this most excellent Canopy the Air,
look you, this brave ore-hanging, this Majestic Roof,
fretted with golden fire: why, it appears no other thing
to me, than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in
Reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving
how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel!
in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
world! the paragon of animals! and yet to me, what is
this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no,
nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem
to say so.
- Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2