Cultural Events

Kyle McFadden

Professor Parks

XIDS 2100

Cultural Event: Lakers Game

            The Lakers game I attended in Los Angeles is one of the biggest events to that particular culture and area. When you go to downtown Los Angeles nearly everywhere you look you can see someone in Lakers gear or Lakers colors. It is truly its own subculture of people who faithfully back their hometown team and I felt like I was right where I belonged.

I felt like the cultural aspect of this event was the culture of the sports world. There were many forms of art that all combined to make a certain type of art. First there was Staples center itself, which I consider the metaphorical canvas for everything that involves the game. But for this canvas there are two areas to paint pictures. There is the court where the game takes place and what everyone comes to see; the players displaying their art of athleticism and showmanship. Then there is the other area of the crowd and fans that support what is going on in the game. The fans are a form of art themselves. They all range in different forms from the celebrity to the average fan to the diehard purple and gold Lakers supporter. They were all in different dress but all were there for one reason.

This event connected to my blog theme because of how mine is dedicated to sports. The way people express themselves in the form of being a fan was very creative to me. And also the way the players from both teams displayed their art of playing basketball.

 

 

Kyle McFadden

Professor Parks

XIDS 2100

Cultural Event: Impersonators

            While on Hollywood Boulevard’s star walk I was able to experience a second cultural event. This group of people is probably the thing that stands out the most on the whole street. These are the impersonators. They range from everything from famous animated characters to star wars characters to Michael Jackson. They attract many tourists and other interested people walking around because of how detailed and similar their costumes are to the real thing.

I felt that this was a high level of creativity because these individuals transform themselves from who they are into another being that exists in popular culture. It’s an art form similar to acting and performing because they are taking on a role of someone else and living it. These people do it for their source of income by taking tips to take pictures with tourists. Of course like every art, there is the good and there is the bad. Some of the impersonator’s costumes are not as good as others and it is evident by the size of their audience of people waiting to get a picture. The people with the better looking costumes had more interest and it was evident that they put more time and effort into their art.

I think this is an interesting form of art because it involves people transforming themselves into something else. I think it is most similar to the acting activity we did during group presentations.

 

 

Kyle McFadden

Professor Parks

XIDS 2100

Cultural Event: Motivational Speaker

            Recently I attended “Battle of the Dorms” in the UWG Coliseum that was a dance step competition between different dorms. But at the beginning of the event there was a motivational speaker by the name of Eric Thomas, a Detroit native that tours the country encouraging young people to stay focused in school and reach their full potential.

It reminded me of the time Tyler Rollason gave his spoken word speech in class earlier in the semester. I say this because of the similarities of the context of the speech and the way it is performed. Writing itself is an art form that takes skill to put words together and create good context. The second part of being a speaker is being able to perform the speech and keep the audience drawn in and entertained. One cannot simply just speak to a large group of people but they have to make them believe what you are saying.

I feel that public speaking is an art and the different genres come from what is being said. For instance, Eric Thomas was a motivational speaker but also there is also people who do spoken word poetry. The key to this art form is being a good writer (or having a ghost writer) and keeping the audience entertained whether it be for strictly entertaining purposes or being persuasive to the audience.

 

 

 

 

Kyle McFadden

Professor Parks

XIDS 2100

Cultural Event: Hollywood Boulevard Dancers

            During spring break I cruised up to Hollywood with my brothers and cousins to check out the star walk on Hollywood Boulevard. There is where you can see the most interesting individuals you will ever see. When we were walking we stopped to watch a street dancing group. I forgot what they called themselves but I felt that they were a group of creative individuals that used their talents to have fun and gain income at the same time.

I felt they were creative because of how they incorporated dancing, music, acting, and the crowd involvement all in one to create a show that will lure in viewers and just have a good time. I felt it related to class, more specifically to the quote I wrote about in my midterm reflection about how the dancer is the art. This group of particular men used their bodies to portray their physical art and make it into a show. Another thing I found interesting was how they picked people from the crowd to be in the show and have parts. I find that when people can relate to an artist that they are more interested in them. Just like when people relate to an author’s words or a musician’s lyrics the tourists watching felt involved in the show which is how the dancers captured people’s attention.

I feel that dancing is one of the most creative things in the art form because there are so many variations. These street break dancers were able to display their creativity using their skills in public.

 

 

Kyle McFadden

Professor Parks

XIDS 2100

Cultural Event: Movie

            A movie I recently seen in theaters was the teenage party scene movie known as “Project X”. It is a documentary style film that follows three friends throughout the day as they planned to throw the most memorable party possible. I felt that the movie relates most to the group that presented the acting/ performing aspect of art. The creative part of this film is how the movie was produced differently than the normal screenplay format see in motion pictures. The director had the movie filmed in the style of a home video rather than using several different angles. This way the audience can follow everything the main characters are doing and feel like they are part of what is going on. I thought it was a creative way to film the footage to make the viewer part of the whole movie, particularly the party scenes. There was also footage used in the movie from cell phones to make it look as authentic as possible for a high school party.

The cultural aspect of the movie is the subculture of high school students and themes of rebellion. The actions in the movie are relatable to most that recall their younger days and is one of the reasons it is so appealing. It makes people reflect and compare their wildest situation and I felt it was impressive how the writers were able to do that.

I have done some video like this where I just take the camera with my friends and capture all of our activities, so that is how it relates to me.

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