Artifice

This is “The Moat” at the Fifth Earl in Decatur. It. Is. The. Best. Barbecue. Ever. (Except for my dad’s, of course.)
The Moat
After the Professor treated me to this beef feast, we happened upon a lovely art fair in downtown Decatur. There was great music, free chocomintyicecoffee thingies, a breeze, and art.
Arts festival in downtown Decatur
I wanted to take pictures of the art, but thought it might not be nice, and I was too shy to ask permission. I did get to meet the artist who knit the pink Harley that we Knogglers went to see at the Georgia Museum of Art a while back. And there was an amazing booth with “Mechanical Amusements” by artist Woody Jones. They were little wood scenarios that were animated by a crank. The mechanism was cool and the details were fantastic. The sea monster was awesome and the Professor’s favorite. My favorite was heaven and hell.
We then went to see the new Indiana Jones movie, which was pretty fun. Although a little stressful for me, because there was SO MUCH ADVENTURE. I clung to the Professor’s arm most of the movie, and I hid my eyes several times.
Afterwards, we got into a bit of a debate about the animals in the movie. (No spoilers here.) I was trying to sort out the significance of the prairie dogs and monkeys and ants and the like, and the Professor is a literalist, who argued that the critters were just there for window dressing or as plot devices and there’s no Meaning behind it. (I think I’m remembering and representing his take correctly, but maybe not. But for the sake of this blog, let’s assume it’s pretty close.) Anyway, if you’ve seen the movie, what do you think the animals represent? Societal models, like in The Once and Future King? Innocent Nature caught up in Man’s political machinations? Or do you too think sometimes a monkey is just a monkey?

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3 Responses to Artifice

  1. Carrie says:

    We saw it this weekend too! Here is Jacob’s opinion on the animals, and I quote: “The animals represent Lucas and Spielberg’s obsession with ruining their movie franchises with bullshit CGI animals.”

  2. While the right-brained person just sees them as fluid pieces of a whole, forming a seamless tapestry, the left-brained person sees them as symbols to and of themselves, with each piece holding a special significance.
    So the right-brained person makes the film and fills it with animals, the left-brained person points the nature of the symbolism, and the right-brained person goes, “Yeah. I meant to do that. I am totally awesome.”
    It happens in art galleries every day.
    Oh, and the monkeys symbolize how the wilds of nature can also be a civilizing force. They teach the lonely greaser their ways, taking him to a new level of consciousness we call “The World of Tarzan.”

  3. Courtney says:

    The next day I decided these were meaningless (and failed) attempts at cuteness. Distracting and confusing to English majors. Weird.
    I also decided that it was a fun thing to watch but pretty empty and not up to the other movies. I did like Harrison Ford in it.

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