Designing for Live Performance

Concept Sentences/Fuchs Questions for Hearts and Minds

CONCEPT SENTENCES————–

Hearts and Minds is the experience of a new military tactic in Iraq
Hearts and Minds is the experience of a group of soldiers interacting with local people in Iraq.
Heart and Minds is the experience of group of soldiers and local people of Iraq with the objective to resolve the conflicts and cede with war, but with the obstacle of individuals benefits of each person.

FUCHS———-
The space on this planet is mostly interior except for the moments they have to move from one location to another, where the landscape and weather would be a small city in a desert, sandy with big changes in temperatures . The time is linear with a fast pace sensation marked by day by day activities (training and missions).

The mood would be mostly a combination of tension and fear, feeling that everyday you could be attacked and injured or killed. Music, projection and lighting will be the main factors to create the mood in the planet. The sound of this planet has constant sound of weapons and explosion, combining with strong winds and sometimes deep moments of silence.

Its a public world, with mixed classes of people socially and culturally, some are very poor, others are very wealthy. The sensation would feel more when the different languages are heard in a same scene, where you can feel the missing of fluid communication and the doubt if the translated message are distorted or not. There are also a lot of code language, normally use in the army.

Being this an interactive play, the changes in between the start and the end depends on the participants. The important scene in the play would be the decisions they choose to make in order to help and end this in a friendly way or not using in a correct way the capital and losing the possibilities to pacify the country.

The fact that the viewer can participate in the play, making them believe they are really in charge of solving the problem and feeling what location where war takes place feels likes, would make me believe that generate a feeling of consciousness and hopefully incept the idea that there are other solutions to solve conflict without the need of violence.

 

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Fuchs questions:

I. THE WORLD OF THE PLAY: FIRST THINGS FIRST.

The world of the play takes place in a built city (Philadelphia could be an option), were most of the scenes happens interior, except in the fantasy world, where the fights can happen in open field. The time feels linear, starting end of summer and finishing beginning of winter. The mood and tone pace of the play goes by the advanced of Yoshimi’s cancer.

The music of the play is not as sad as the plot, giving another point of view when dealing with a sad theme as cancer.

II. THE SOCIAL WORLD OF THE PLAY: A CLOSER LOOK

In this world the central figure, Yoshimi, is surround  by rest of characters, where you can also feel the interlocking triangle withe her, Booker and Ben. Characters are 2 dimensional figures that interact by dialogue between each other,  with exception of the robots in the fantasy world, which interact by fighting.

Yoshimi’s cancer is the one that controls this whole world, including the emotions of the characters, who show feelings of helplessness.

III. WHAT CHANGES?

The essential scene is number 10 where Yoshimi confronts Booker for not being brave, I believe this scene re-activates her emotions for Ben, but at the same time puts the thought on her that there would be no chance for her to win this battle. You feel the time change through stages of Yoshimi’s life.

The place of the play goes back and forward between the real world and the Yoshimi’s fantasy world, (could be whenever she is tired because of medicine or the moment when she passed out)

IV. DON’T FORGET YOURSELF

This world makes me appreciate life, and make me want to be a loved person by being nice to the people that surround me, the thought of not knowing when someone you love can suffer a disease like Yoshimi, or even yourself, and the idea of losing that person with a conflict in between.

V. THEATRICAL MIRRORS

There are some performances that deal with sickness and lost of one of the main character, the one that comes to my mind could be Stepmom, or 21 grams.

VI. THE CHARACTER FITS THE PATTERN

Character fit the pattern of the world, you can tell how the emotions of them change and go proportionally with the advance of Yoshimi’ sickness.

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SENTENCES OF THE STORY

  1. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is a story about a girl trying to defeat cancer.
  2. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is a story about a girl trying to defeat cancer, and how this affects also her closest ones.
  3. Yoshimi Battles the PInk Robots is a story about a girl trying to defeat cancer and also confuse in her emotional life with his boyfriend and ex-boyfriend. In where she ends with the person that correspond her the most but she dies.

Cornell box for the Completeness

For this assignment we had to do a Cornell box related to the play by Itamar Moses.

The Completeness is a story about Elliot and Molly, two grad students, and the romance between them. Where both feel uncertain once they achieve the goals, romantic and professional, they where looking for. At the end the attraction between them gets back after they realize that the project in which they worked together in not solved.

To do this I used an old ACTION portable TV set. Choose this to give the feeling of computer (the characters met in a computer room, and Elliot was Computer Science).

I emptied all the components inside and desolder some components of the main board, to be able to cut it and fit vertical on the “box”.photo

Finally on the main board I solder an open hearth shape, that represent the gap of the main characters in committing to a relationship.

Here are some pictures of the finish project
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Fuch’s questions for “The Completeness”

1.THE WORLD OF THE PLAY:

Personally the play takes part in an interior, built and contained space such as a University Campus, between a lab room of the Computer Science department, a lab in the Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry department, the public computer cluster and the apartments of Elliot and Molly, all walking distance from each other.

You can feel the linear time in the play except for the part Molly and Elliot remembers their first serious relationship where their past and present merge together in the scene, and the lapse where the actors act like themselves pretending there was a technical problem with the play, “it got frozen”.

The climate environment feels like a mild weather, nothing extreme like a snowstorm or massive heath wave, so either spring or fall could fit.

The season and climate environment, influences the serious polytechnic mood, where people are really focus on their studies as its main goal in live before satisfying personal emotions.

Lastly, the tone of the play goes without rush, at cool steady pace. I’ll imagine for sound ambient noise of computer room, biology lab sounds, with a soft tune on the background corresponding to the mood of the scene.

2.THE SOCIAL WORLD OF THE PLAY: A CLOSER LOOK:

This is a private world because actions taken place affects only characters involve and not third parties. We can see Molly and Elliot as central figures because the plot is about the relationship between them and also the personal conflicts that they have in showing affection to another that could be consequence of loneliness due to the toughness of the grad program and investigation they are doing. That conflict with himself or herself could be the interlocking triangle, instead of Nell or Franklin.

The Figures in this planet focus more in their present, with short-term goals. Because of the technological dialogue between the characters, the time where the play happens is contemporary to nowadays. The interaction is a reasoned discussion between educated people, using dialogue as a speech tool. The language seems to be logical at first, but when they use the action when computer “freeze” again and stop the real play, you could think that this action can happen to our feelings or emotion, becoming metaphorical.

3.WHAT CHANGES?:

The striking image or act in this play happens at Molly apartment, when Elliot explains his condition of being in a relationship:

“For a while it seems like you got everything right, finally, like everything is perfect, and then suddenly some…unforeseen issue arises out of nowhere, and you’re just like, oh god, no, not this again”

To which Molly agree she has the same feeling but with a different reaction. It is worth it to point that this same condition is shown at the beginning of the play, the moment both of the principal characters break up with their respective couples.

The end scene gives the impression that the main characters overcome the situation that scares them of having a stable relationship, but the moment where it ends gives the viewer the option to imagine their own finale (would they end up together as friends, lovers, etc.)

4.DON’T FORGET YOURSELF:

This plays made me thought of how human being can get bored after achieving something they were looking for. Also intrigues me the analogy of the frozen display, and how they use it later as if the play has frozen, which made me think that is impossible or it will take infinite time to solve the algorithm in matching a person with their soul mate. If somehow that algorithm gets solved we would stop having the intrigue in our partner, that’ll avoids us to get bored.

5.THEATRICAL MIRRORS:

The only mirror I see here is the scientific language and procedure to resolve a problem of science, and how this same language is tried to use in a social problem.

6.THE CHARACTER FITS THE PATTERN:

The main characters of the play fit the pattern of the world. You can see in the striking image (point 4) how this generates the same reaction in their professional as in their sentimental life.

Elliot: He doesn’t know what to do after he solves the algorithm he was working from a long time, and it’s the same reaction when he gets to be in a relationship he wanted.

Molly: She tends to get away when she gets what she wants, example when finally he gets to test her proteins in the mice, then she wants to transfer to another university, that’s the same when she gets in a relationship, when this reach to a steady point, she find the need to run away too.

In the final scene Elliot says to Molly the algorithm is not really solve, bursting again the feelings that he had for her, creating in her a need to keep exploring or waiting till the new algorithm is solved in order to try again in her studies, postponing the will to walk away.