Life is full of connections, patterns, rhythms – markers that trigger responses in us, often without us even being aware of them. As an improviser, I know a good scene happens when players make the most use of these connections. Which, of course, requires us to learn to become aware of them.
Yesterday, while waiting for an improv show to begin, I checked out the work hanging at DC Arts Center – it’s a really great exhibit at the moment, perhaps the best I’ve ever seen there – I admired the work of Roberto Piriz (for whom I could find no helpful links to share with you), delightful little wooden boxes meticulously packed with various wooden pieces of different shapes and colors, each forming its own picture and allowing the viewer to determine what that picture was. If I were rich I’d have bought a whole wall of them.
I loved them immediately because they looked to me like a wooden version of a bento box. There’s the connection you were waiting for. Here are my pictures, for proof. (Please forgive image quality – they were all shot with an iPhone.)