making art that connects

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1. Watch Twister (1996) excerpt here (30 minutes): (Links to an external site.)
If you want to watch the whole movie, you can rent it for $3.99 at Amazon. Make sure you get the right version. You want the one with Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.
Link— (Links to an external site.)
2. Watch The Hunger Games (2012, the first one) if you haven’t seen it. You can watch it online at Amazon but you have to buy it for $12.99 (no rental. Also, it’s cheaper at YouTube). If you prefer, you can read the Spark Notes synopsis instead— (Links to an external site.)
I’ve also created three clips showing important parts of the movie:
THE IMPORTANCE OF SPONSORSHIP (Links to an external site.)
THE ‘CAREERS’ (Links to an external site.)
NATURE CONTROLLED (Links to an external site.)
1. In Twister, what is “Dorothy” and why is she important?
2. Describe the tension between modern art and science.
3. According to the chapter, in Twister, what are the differences between Bill Harding (hero) and Jonas Miller (antagonist)?What makes Bill heroic and Miller misguided?
4. In Twister, how does the director use visuals (production design, props, costumes, etc.) to show the difference between Bill Harding’s “artistic” storm chasers and Jonas Miller’s purely “scientific” storm chasers?
5.What are the two modern views of nature that exist in tension?
6. Complete the following to compare Twister and The Hunger Games—
A. Twister’s view of science and art:
B. Hunger Game’s view of science and art (pg. 29 top):
C. Twister’s view of nature:
D. Hunger Game’s view of nature:
E. Twister’s view of creativity/art:
F. Hunger Game’s view of creativity/art:
G. Twister’s view of economics:
I. Hunger Game’s view of economics:
7. Describe one activity you do that is related to nature (for example, hiking, recycling, etc.) Which of the above views of nature does this activity correspond to and why? One of the modern views? Which one? The contemporary view?
8. Describe an example of something in which it’s hard to tell the difference between natural and unnatural.
9.The article states that traditionally, artists concerned themselves with making “things,” while today’s artists work with a “systems?” What are some of the “systems” that artists have to work with today?
10.What are the differences between the day-to-day economics of Twister vs.The Hunger Games?
11. Do you agree that The Hunger Games is a metaphor for life today – especially for young people? Why or why not? If the Hunger Games is a metaphor for contemporary life, what is the “battle to the death” a metaphor for?
12.What does it mean to make art that connects?