Dancing about architecture: What a good idea!
Ghandi was once asked what he thought of Western Civlization. He replied, “I think it would be a good idea.”
So, dancing about architecture, let’s go for it.
Why not use the Space Palette as an input device for AutoCAD … oooo, “Spatial” Palette, cool!
Which is the point of the last chapter in Live Graphics Nightly: all text-graphic media for live performance have more in common than differentiating; fine art or applied art is a later distinction of use, not an a priori essential property of a medium (fiddles and violins).
Of course, usually this famous saying is used in its various forms as a put down for media-mismatches.
A common version: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
FYI, first use apparently in 1918
Strictly considered, writing about music is as illogical as singing about economics. All the other arts can be talked about in the terms of ordinary life and experience. A poem, a statue, a painting or a play is a representation of somebody or something, and can be measurably described (the purely aesthetic values aside) by describing what it represents.
who goes on to say
“In 1921 the remark reappears in the form of a sphinxlike simile. The format of the comment uses the word “like” once and the word “about” twice. This conforms to the most common modern template.
Writing about music is like ____ about ____.
“The first slot contains terms like dancing, singing, or knitting and the second slot contains terms like architecture, economics, or football.”
So now you can generate your own!