Why does the Gothic genre continue to attract and fascinate us? Why do the worlds of the uncanny, the monstrous, the grotesque continue to draw people in – in film, literature, dance, and music? The Gothic genre has grown and expanded over the last century and a half and what are left with now is … Continue reading The Gothic: Evoking the uncanny and the forbidden.
Machinenoisy Dance Society’s new work, “Fragile Forms,” co-presented with the Push Festival is a unique and compelling work, inviting the participant to reflect on dance, bodies, architecture, purposes of shared space, and use of public spaces. I would like to share some reflections on this work with you. Fragile Forms unfolds in different locations in … Continue reading Fragile Forms: Reflections on Dance & Architecture
Written by: Steven M. Rosen In the last few decades, modern physics has excited the attention of a great many people. I’m not just referring to people in science but to the public at large. This is reflected in the best-selling popularity of books like The Tao of Physics (Capra 1975), The Dancing Wu Li Masters … Continue reading Modern Physics: A Groundbreaking Science That Must Break Deeper Ground
If you are a little bit confused after reading the two previous articles on Understanding Anxiety, you are in the right frame of mind. If you are “a lot confused” after reading the last two articles, that is also quite a typical reaction. Anxiety is not simple because human minds are not simple. Psychotherapy and … Continue reading Understanding anxiety. Part III: The role of psychotherapy, art, and dance.
So what if the panic or anxiety is not tied to some recent argument, change, or stressful event? What is if sort of comes out of nowhere? Well, sometimes, anxiety can come up unexpectedly when events in life lead to reflections on “the big picture.” Existential psychology is concerned with how people experience the human … Continue reading Understanding Anxiety. Part II: Existential anxiety and disordered anxiety.
Anxiety is a universal human experience, even though for each person that experience will differ. In the post-modern world, “anxiety” has become a buzzword, just like words such as “stress” and “depression.” In the science of psychology, these words have specific, although often debated, definitions. But when evoked in your typical conversation, the word “anxiety” … Continue reading Understanding Anxiety. Part I: When anxiety can be helpful.
Addicted to Mystery? Mystery is typically something that eludes our human understanding, something that cannot be explained fully. Maybe it is a bit of an enigma, getting a whiff of the forbidden fruit without getting the full taste. Mysteries fascinate and attract us: this attraction is part of the reason we have movements like science, … Continue reading Mystery, uncertainty, and death in Ural mountains.
What is the thing we want most? Freedom. What is the thing we fear most? Freedom. How can those two answers be the same? If you ask an existentialist, they might say it is because freedom is part of our human condition, but freedom is not a thing you can “have,” “own,” or purchase as … Continue reading Freedom is just a click away
Have you ever been fascinated by space? All that black expanse that looks like nothingness, but is actually a vast amount of exploding supernovas, flaming stars, galaxies, and strange planets? It’s fascinating, I’ll admit. Who knows what’s out there. It could even be something. Like life. Like life that we already have a lot of … Continue reading The Europa Report: A Tale of Very Expensive Loneliness.
What do contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings have in common? They are all vehicles for public displays of emotion. But have you noticed that the range for the emotions people express with this type of media tends to be somewhat stereotyped? Here we have the case of portraying either the emotional turmoil of … Continue reading A metaphysics of contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings.