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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<ul><li> 1. Defining A Black Aesthetic What Makes Black Art Black? </li></ul> <p> 2. 2:19 17:19 My Favorite Things as created My Favorite Things by a creator 3. Hard Knock Life as Created Hard Knock Life by a Creator 2:39 3:58 4. As with everything, we begin with the Spirit 5. We start with the belief that God is the creator of everything 6. And by everything that means us 7. and by us, we mean everybody 8. As God is multi-dimensional, each of Gods people sought and found their own pathway on Gods earth 9. Cultural Worldviews African American Hispanic: FATEEuro-American: DOMINION Asian American: HARMONY ? 10. This is the tale of Gods people from the African Diaspora and the pathway they took and the art they have created along the way 11. As with everything, we begin with the Spirit 12. 2 things of the Spirit we believe in rhythm Is substance creativity is process 13. We are rhythmic 14. The many are one Circadian Rhythm Ultradian Rhythms Cellular Rhythms Biorhythms Brain Waves: beta, alpha, theta, del ta Parasympathetic Sympathetic Nervous Systems 15. Our combined rhythmic patterns are the reality and metaphor of our uniqueness: our soul And together we are a polyrhythmic, soulful people 16. From cradle to grave, we, God s creation, have the inalienable duty from God to celebrate our creation by being creators ourselves 17. Creativity is our individual birth right and finding pathways to express our unique rhythm is our way of glorifying God 18. Creativity is the spiritual expression of our rhythmic uniqueness The essence of Black Culture 19. 1. Your creativity is about expressing who you are the soul of your rhythm -- to God The structure of Black Creativity 20. As August Wilson said: You have to find your song and sing it 21. Whatever creative pathway you embrace, you must master its tools so that you can fully express Gods glory in whatever way you are moved to do so 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. Improvisation is ones uniquely ever- evolving rhythmic style 24. The Result: A Lifetime of Defining Ones Self- image through Stylistic Improvisations 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. With Black Art, everyone is simultaneously audience and artistswe are ALL creators and observers of Gods Glory 27. Expressing Gods glory each in our rhythm is a circle of Love 28. The highest expression of Black Creativity is Gods Glory and that soulful prayer is Love 29. Cultural Worldviews AA: CREATORS Hispanic: FATEEuro-American: DOMINION Asian American: HARMONY 30. The use of the Black Cultural Toolbox for creative expression The definition of Black Art 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. And what about technology? How does it fit in? 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. The Digital Century is tailor-made for the Black Creative POV of audience as artist: It is Black Arts on Steroids 35. A Black Artists American Dilemma 36. Serving Two Masters: The Spirit or Manna </p>