The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Question #17 - Art as hiding place

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Question #17 - Art as hiding place

Unread postby fireflydances » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:44 pm

"Art is always a good hiding place, not for dynamite, but for intellectual explosives and social time bombs." This quote is from Boll's Nobel Prize lecture in 1973. What do you think he meant by saying that art is a good hiding place?
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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Question #17 - Art as hiding place

Unread postby nebraska » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:47 pm

fireflydances wrote:"Art is always a good hiding place, not for dynamite, but for intellectual explosives and social time bombs." This quote is from Boll's Nobel Prize lecture in 1973. What do you think he meant by saying that art is a good hiding place?

"The Lost Honor ... " is certainly a commentary on injustice and the newspaper system hidden within the art of a novel.
Singers/photographers/playwrights certainly all forms of artist have made a statement through their art, although it is not always apparent to the casual observer. It may be the most effective when it is disguised that way, not in-your-face rhetoric.

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Question #17 - Art as hiding place

Unread postby Liz » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:36 am

So true, Nebraska.

And I'm reminded of The Master and Margarita and all of the Russian authors & poets we learned about. I think they were experts at hiding their messages in their works.
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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Question #17 - Art as hiding place

Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:12 pm

The other thing Boll might have been saying --apropos the phrase "social time bomb" --is that ideas presented within fiction (as a form of art) are able to enter and alter the mind of the reader.

A quiet invasion of sorts, where the story gently unfolds other realities that the reader might have ignored if presented in another manner. So many of the social injustices present in our culture were first described in our art: music, stories, films. These presentations have slowly worked their power to transform opinions and shift what is regarded as acceptable. If the writer had merely stood at the edge of the stage and scolded his audience or attempted to convince his audience that their perspectives were all horribly wrong, we all know he would have been booed off stage. Present the truth within the story and one has crafted a sweet little bomb which will eventually turn the tide.

This is why art is dangerous.
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