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.
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!"
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.
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...
Harry Houdini had a secret word he was to use when his spirit was to return to his wife that only she knew..to 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?
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?