Rauschenberg: Among Friends – 08/10/17

~ Reflect on Collaboration:

Rauschenberg truly embodied the term collaborator through out his six decade long career. His collaboration went beyond just working with other creators of all mediums and into the space of collaborating with the view itself. The majority of his work was create along side or in conjunction with the work of an other artist. Rauschenberg knew that art is not just created, it is also viewed and he used that to work with the viewer to further enrich his work. As the viewer gazes upon the large array of works Rauschenberg created it is embedded in the subject matters selection that the viewer is coming forth with outside knowledge. This is made clear by the images selected as symbols through out the work. Rauschenberg knew what knowledge would be triggered with in the people of that time when presented certain images. Strong political figures such as John F. Kennedy and common household objects, such as chairs and fabrics, were used repeatedly to give way for the viewers outside knowledge to complete the art with their ideas and understandings to imply meaning.


Piece: Travelogue

This piece is a collaboration between three artist. This piece is a dance. The costumes designed by Rauschenberg are mixed media, some mixed fabrics with tin cans. The costumes use a full range of bright colors. The music is minimal with hits of nature. The movements look similar to that of a bird performing a mating call as well as similar to slugs. The dancers at times are connected by fabric and at others free.


  1. What relationships do you notice among the elements? With the costumes the colors and over all fit are the two strongest connection elements with in his designs. The colors are different but each carries the same intensity and brightness. Each one is tight to the body except for the long white one that all the dancers were in. The noise produced by the clothing connected to the movements of the dancers. The ones with tin cans matched the loud noises of their costumes with bold sharp movements.
  2. What do you notice within the piece of art? There were three distinctive separation in the collection of costumes for this piece. Each has different color tons, textures and uses.
  3. How did these differences affect the movements? The differenced in the clothes at time restricted the dancers ability making the clothing more of an obstacle with in the environment than clothing. You can see how the dancers use the restriction of the clothing to add complexity and originally to the movements. The dancers have an environment to interact with as well as the other dancers.
  4. How do the costumes act for the dancers? The costumes act has an extension of their bodies. Each piece is there for a reason not just for decoration. The dancers use and act as it has always been a part of them.
  5. How do all three art forms relate to each other? The sound, costumes and movements all echo one an other in tone. when when is sharp and bold the other two follow.

~ Bqmhian Arising:

As I watched this piece I saw nature with in the movements and the interaction between the dancers and their dress. There were very strong small details that all lead me to this. With the circle costume, as seen in feature photo, the movement steady, quick and intentional all reminded me of a birds mating dances.


  1. What ideas was the artist trying to convey in this work of art? There is a true sense of community and relation with in this piece. It is created through the movements as well as the costumes. There is competition, and dependance themes displayed through both.
  2. What does it mean? What does it mean to you? Because this piece combines so many different elements and art form the range of interpreted meaning is endless. For me this piece has a strong message of human relation and how it can shift with in different circumstances.
  3. Does the work of art evoke any emotions? This piece evokes wonderment and intrigue for me. I see the flashy, noisy costumes and the carefully placed movements along with the sounds and it become an all entrancing experience. There are moments of sadness and even extreme ego with in the piece that allow it it continuously be watched.
  4. What does it express? It expresses human interactions in exaggerated ways by way of movement and costume. The habits and social norms we carry, the emotions we tie to certain relationships are all translated into dance, form, sound, and color in this piece.
  5. If this work of art was a metaphor for something—what might it be? This piece could be a metaphor for the various relationships all human possess and how each can effect a person.


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