The Amity Affliction’s Open Letter.


-Rob Knaggs

Elliott Smith once tunefully tutted “Amity, Amity, Amity” on his record XO before his untimely death in 2003. Ten years later in 2013, I’m doing the same thing.

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An Anthropologic Perspective on Creative Practice

A Critical Analysis of the Performance Practice,
the Originality and the Development of Davy Dillinger.
A Research Paper for QUT Creative Performer
Rob Knaggs

Upon being accepted to the Queensland University of Technology, I was a competent cellist accompanied by awards in theatre with a vision of learning to adopt production technology to my own performances. Coincidently to the first weeks of semester, I was employed into a live music venue where local musicians and internationally renowned stars are both able to grace the stage, in turn, empowering me to strive to become a dynamic performing artist. For better or worse, these musical acts were all influential in how I wish to perform. As a creative performer and student of a tertiary institution, I am able to provide context to what I perform and understand the origins of what I choose portray and amplify on stage. For my end of year showcase, I will be presenting an act under the guise of Davy Dillinger, a conceptual punk rock group performing original works of my own composition. In this paper, I will discuss, intellectualize and analyse the notions of anthropologic theory and philosophy within my own creative practice.  The paper will then deconstruct my performance approaches by utilizing methods within performance philosophies to then be supported by academic evidence and examples of creative artists that embody or portray these specific methods. The focus will be upon the Anthropology of Performance while also drawing on academia from Theories of the Body and Body Language. In addition to the supported inquiring analysis of my creativity, will be a discussion of my own personal development as a creative performer and how these theories are both influential and coincidently immersed into my practice. Continue reading “An Anthropologic Perspective on Creative Practice”