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final non realism .docx Essay Surrealism Emotions

 
As a result of the horrific nature of WW1, the 1920s saw an explosion of artistic changes that
impacted the way art was defined. The revolutionary movement was called ‘Non
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Realism’ or
‘Modernism’ originating from ‘Dadaism’ in Germany. It was an
expression of art, music and
theatre, which not only revolted against the extreme nature of realism but rejected society’s
ideology, structure and governance
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The form combined categories such as ‘Surrealism’ and
‘Expressionism.’ The nature of non
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realism can be summed by one of theatres’ most
influential theorist, Antonin Artaud, who said, ‘Theatre should affect the audience as much as
 possible, therefore a mixture of strange and disturbing forms of lighting, sound and
 performance techniques need to be used.’
This drama piece tells the story of a sentient artificial intelligence that lacks human emotion
and is desperate to unlock that aspect of humanity. The central concept our performance
explores is: conformity in society and one’s identity. The theme is conveyed through
expressionism and aspects of surrealism. The play is presented in a number of outlooks
including a uniform society from an outer perspective as well as the individual yearning for
difference to be accepted and celebrated.
The performance arouses sentiments of spectator and uses non-realistic ideas to communicate
morals in conjuncture to reality. The message intended is: society should not force people to
 be the same and realise that difference is what makes life interesting. It deems people the
freedom to live their lives how they want. The performance identifies that even if
society’s
 
ideology does not accept difference and change, in order to achieve change and c
ease societal
expectations and, stereotypes immobilising human development, retaliation must occur. In the
view that, one person can be the spark to a fire. The piece endeavours to evoke a journey of
sentiments including: a robotic world where everything is rigid and monotonous, loneliness,
frustration and suffocation. An emotional connection with the audience is created, allowing
them to withdraw a time in their lives when they may have felt different and disregarded by
others and absorb the message.
The piece successfully adopts the conventions of expressionism and surrealism, portraying the
non
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realistic concept of robots vs. human and dreams. In the opening scene, we view the
sentient robot’s
desire to push against the boundaries of socially acceptable behaviors and
traditions in order to discover liberty and emotion. This is illustrated as the robot slows down
amongst everyone and is surrounded by other robots pressurizing it to conform.
Subsequently, within the molding scene, the artist distorts the creations to depict the inner,
 psychological attributes of her subjective world. The artist acts as representation of society
and presents another perspective to the piece.
Excursions into the robot’s subconscious mind portray human te
rror, haunting anxieties;
nightmarish fears and anguish appear in the tempest scene. The duration of this scene
exaggerates the emotions and emphasizes the confusion and re-occurring fears in the
subconscious mind. In this scene, the fear and reaction towards change is explored. The robot
recognizes that society is remorseless and the concept of change and those who are different
are marginalized. This is represented by the chorus of people moving speedily in comparison
to the slow robot.