Defining a Black Aesthetic: What Makes Black Art Black?

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A historical/cultural exploration by Footsteps of the impact of spirituality on the creation of Black Art

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Defining a Black Aesthetic: What Makes Black Art Black?

  1. 1. Defining A Black Aesthetic What Makes Black Art Black?
  2. 2. 2:19 17:19 My Favorite Things as created My Favorite Things by a creator
  3. 3. Hard Knock Life as Created Hard Knock Life by a Creator 2:39 3:58
  4. 4. As with everything, we begin with the Spirit
  5. 5. We start with the belief that God is the creator of everything
  6. 6. And by everything that means us
  7. 7. and by us, we mean everybody
  8. 8. As God is multi-dimensional, each of God’s people sought and found their own pathway on God’s earth
  9. 9. Cultural Worldviews African American Hispanic: FATEEuro-American: DOMINION Asian American: HARMONY ?
  10. 10. This is the tale of God’s people from the African Diaspora and the pathway they took and the art they have created along the way…
  11. 11. As with everything, we begin with the Spirit
  12. 12. 2 things of the Spirit we believe in rhythm Is substance creativity is process
  13. 13. We are rhythmic
  14. 14. The many are one Circadian Rhythm Ultradian Rhythms Cellular Rhythms Biorhythms Brain Waves: beta, alpha, theta, del ta Parasympathetic Sympathetic Nervous Systems
  15. 15. Our combined rhythmic patterns are the reality and metaphor of our uniqueness: our soul And together we are a polyrhythmic, soulful people
  16. 16. From cradle to grave, we, God ’s creation, have the inalienable duty from God to celebrate our creation by being creators ourselves
  17. 17. Creativity is our individual birth right and finding pathways to express our unique rhythm is our way of glorifying God
  18. 18. Creativity is the spiritual expression of our rhythmic uniqueness The essence of Black Culture
  19. 19. 1. Your creativity is about expressing who you are – the soul of your rhythm -- to God The structure of Black Creativity
  20. 20. As August Wilson said: You have to find your song and sing it
  21. 21. Whatever creative pathway you embrace, you must master its tools so that you can fully express God’s glory in whatever way you are moved to do so
  22. 22. 2. As you are always evolving your product must also 1. Your creativity is about expressing who you are to God The structure of Black Creativity
  23. 23. Improvisation is one’s uniquely ever- evolving rhythmic style
  24. 24. The Result: A Lifetime of Defining One’s Self- image through Stylistic Improvisations
  25. 25. 3. Your creativity connects you with other creators that God has created 2. As you are always evolving your product must also 1. Your creativity is about expressing who you are to God The structure of Black Creativity
  26. 26. With Black Art, everyone is simultaneously audience and artists…we are ALL creators and observers of God’s Glory
  27. 27. Expressing God’s glory each in our rhythm is a circle of Love
  28. 28. The highest expression of Black Creativity is God’s Glory and that soulful prayer is Love
  29. 29. Cultural Worldviews AA: CREATORS Hispanic: FATEEuro-American: DOMINION Asian American: HARMONY
  30. 30. The use of the Black Cultural Toolbox for creative expression The definition of Black Art
  31. 31. Black Art Pillars Black Cultural Toolbox Story-telling, Uplift versus The Real (the good, the bad and the ugly of life), Juxtaposition of Forms, Rhythm, Impr ovisation… Double Consciousness, Right Now, Early Adopters, Relativity, Co mmunity is family, Communal- Individual Expression, Naturalism, Celebration Always, Social Science, Mind-Body Connection, Emotional Embrace…
  32. 32. And what about technology? How does it fit in?
  33. 33. The technology for creative expression is ever-evolving but what has remained the same in Black Art is the felt- need to be expressive
  34. 34. The Digital Century is tailor-made for the Black Creative POV of audience as artist: It is Black Arts on Steroids
  35. 35. A Black Artist’s American Dilemma
  36. 36. Serving Two Masters: The Spirit or Manna

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