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Showing Stories

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I've always been intrigued with the concept of telling stories through different means than words. I've heard some say that "every dance tells a story," but I disagree. Some dance just because they're moving with the music, and that's sometimes more beautiful than a storyline.

Here is a dance that I'm obsessed with, set to a song that I love, "Creep" by Radiohead, choreographed and performed by Bradley Kitchingham. Is the choreography based around a story, the mood of the song, or both? I don't even think it matters. It's absolutely beautiful.

Speak for Your Work

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Kleon’s idea that our work doesn’t speak for itself is something I find quite challenging. I always thought that people who speak about their work a lot are a bit into themselves if you know what I mean. I also never felt super confident about anything that I have ever created. The only real genius I see in myself is my wit, often on display in less than 140 characters. I understand Kleon’s idea and think it’s 100% true, but it is harder in practice than in theory.

The Calming Effect of Art

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Art always has a story behind it. The artist feels different things as they create it, and they are going through different things. Every piece of art an artist produces can bring back different memories and different emotions for them that can never completely be communicated with the reader/audience. An example of this in my own work is when I first got into my relationship, I was really nervous before the first date and so I drew a picture to calm my nerves.
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Share Something Everyday

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I think that Kleon's idea of sharing something everyday is much more plausible now in the social media age. You can easily share things you're working on, or things you're feeling or experiencing to friends with a click of a button. Something I'd like to share that I'm particularly proud of that tells a story is my interactive PDF I had to make for my Visual Comm class. It was really interesting to only be able to use a few pictures to go along with my paper, and to embody the theories that I used through images was definitely challenging. I got a good great on the project and worked very hard on it so I was very pleased. Through the use of images, I was supposed to be able to tell a story without the reader needing the words. It was challenging for sure.