Library staff recommendation: Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
by Eric Franklin
Greenfield Open Stacks 792.807 F854d

Eric Franklin is a scholar in dance and movement imagery. A former professional dancer in New York, he now teaches at numerous universities and dance festivals in the United States and Europe. This book is a compilation of metaphysical exercises to enhance one’s body awareness. I have used his exercises to help me re-experience my improvisation skills and technique. Franklin’s writing is  equipped with a multitude of graphics to help the reader fully understand the feelings he is trying to convey for each particular movement.  Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance provides metaphors for several aspects of dance, including intention, space, weight, music and rhythm. This book is brimming with new ways to connect the mind and body in space, transporting the way dance feels and appears into a more advanced consciousness.

Recommended by Greenfield Library workstudy assistant Haylee Warner.


Library staff recommendation: Visual Grammar

Visual Grammar
By Christian Leborg
Greenfield Open Stacks 701.8 L493v 2006

It is important as artists that we learn how to speak about our work and the work of others. We must develop our visual grammar if we are going to succeed in creating and conveying our ideas. It is not enough to make great art, you must be able to understand the language of art as well. From critiques to conversations with clients and gallerists, artists need the language to express even the most basic thoughts about their work.Visual Grammar by Christian Leborg is a perfect companion for the artist. Visual thinkers will learn the terms needed, from scale, size, and form to balance, structures, and texture, with useful diagrams and descriptions.

Recommended by Casey Murphy

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Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. Our organizational voice draws attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture.

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