Form Follows Function

‘Form follows function’ is a principle associated with modern architecture and industrial design in the 20th Century. The architect Louis Sullivan created the maxim while figuring out principles for the construction of skyscrapers.

Form follows function, as Sullivan defined it, states that the shape of a building or object should be predicated by or based upon its intended function or purpose. With buildings, that means/meant that there is a relationship to the human beings inside, the earth, the sky, and the surrounding air. I think certain applications exist toward the creation of dances. According to Sullivan:

“It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law.”

Sullivan was the teacher of another famous architect – Frank Lloyd Wright. The statement above comes from “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered”,” published in Lippincott’s Magazine (March 1896). You can see the entire article here.

Two quotes

My girlfriend is on vacation in California right now… so I’ve spent more time reading online than I usually do. I found this quote in an article off of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest website….

Jennifer Freyd:

“Ridicule is often a response of those in power when they have little to say in defense of a challenge to the status quo.”

Then last night – while watching The Colbert Show – a guest spoke some words that I know must be someone famous. The guest was talking about the Federalist Papers, but I don’t know if this is Madison or whom:

A nation must protect itself from its own ambition.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Online Dance

There was an immense amount of theory developed in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s on the phenomena of sit-specific dance… I know, I had to learn some of it in both undergrad and graduate school.

Am I the only person who thinks that online dance is a form of site-specific performance? Why does it seem that dancers aren’t considering this location as impacting the reception of their work?