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HMD-3050-L - Week 1-2

Hello! This is the first weekly blog post for HMD-3050-L, Cultural Survey/Illustration, for Zoe Stengel. Please contact Zoe zstengel@sva.edu for questions. And don't forget, the password to see this page and it's posts is "HMD-3050-L" Thank you.


As an Intro - I'll be explaining my initial thoughts and plans for my 2020-2021 Junior Project.

The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder (1942) - Some References below...



The book I am planning on basing my JP on is, Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (1942 - First Performance). It is a Three Part Play, following the Antrobus family as they experience some worldly events - within the comforts of their own own.


The official summary is as follows:


"Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve: the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (“I don’t understand a word of this play!”)


Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive–by the skin of their teeth."


The family live through three major events during the play, an Ice Age, a Great Flood, and a Devastating War. The Skin of Our Teeth has caused an uproar recently, with many considering it as due time for a revival of the story - as critics are relating the events of the play to that of present day. More specifically, the Trump Era. Wilder raises a questions of human-beings ability to persevere, and their resilience during challenging time - and whether or not they're capable of growing from their experiences, or if they'll just be driven mad and numb to the actions happening around them.


I plan to adapt The Skin of Our Teeth into a more modern-day exhibit, portraying the three main events the family live through as three stages (or results) of societies mass accessibility and unquestioning trust in media and information found digitally - and how these past four+ years has been greatly effected by media, more than ever. While from a technical vision, I plan to focus more closely on the world around the family and what is happening in respect to/or as a direct result of the family's actions - creating a body of work that reimagines the world Wilder created, and possibly giving a glimpse into what our own reality may eventually become.

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