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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Building A Story World

“Physical symbols, whether secular or sacred, are intended to convey intangible truths, moral values, and spiritual values.” David McKenna

Culture (Atmosphere-Part One)

Last week we looked at the ability to communicate person to person. Language and communication within world settings will have a strong influence on the emotional safety or danger for our characters. This is often communicated in and through culture as well where a vast array of influence from the arts: crafts, food, clothing, holidays, celebrations, mores, etc. develop attitudes toward the art expressed, and those who create it. These arts portray the public expression of the people. Music and/or art can become a mirror, reflecting a spiritual alliance. It translates the character’s soul landscape for him. It can also become a bridge of communication across cultures. Sometimes responses come in action, sometimes in desire or longing, sometimes in a symbol. These images often find a ‘voice’ through music or art. When we listen to, or build, our worlds we often find its heart expressed through its art culture.

Or its absence. When we look at our own world history (across cultures) we see evidence of regimes that chose to destroy artistic expression such as slashed paintings, burned books, smashed sculptures, and destroyed architecture.

Exercise: Choose one activity and explain it to someone who has never seen it before.

Share: What was the most difficult to explain?

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