Friday, July 04, 2008

DRAGONS 2008: MASK OF THE RED DEATH.









ragons make a return to mas with their version of the Edgar Allan Poe story mask of the red death, I myself thought that dragons had too suffered death being part of cocoyea the past couple years, but their return in conjunction with Release the rhythm can only add more variety to the Carnival.

I missed the RDR and the dragons launch but other devoted carnivalist on the net provided the visuals that told me what I need to know. Now there is a part of me that wants to tear this presentation apart, a concept such as this deservers a professional touch, etc, but I kind of like it …kind of.

Mask of the Red Death, is basically a story bout a masquerade ball thrown by a Prince Prospero during the course of a plague that killing poor people buy the hundreds, “But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.” in the middle of the party an uninvited figure dressed in a costume of the red plague enters the room and kills the guest and Prince Prospero also.



This dark story is littered with the symbolism of death and the underlying truth that no one can escape its clutches. The designer of the band this year did use her own themes of death for the band with what I will call moderate success, for Mask of the Red Death is a story in which a designer can go deep into and produce a lot of great ideas with relevance to the society we live in today.

The critical eye can tell where the designer got some of her ideas from, and from one designer to another I can only advise this, STOP USING TRINIDAD’S FUN BANDS AS POINTS OF REFRENCE OR INFLUENCE. These practices will surly stunt your creative growth, with this theme ideas and concepts can be found anywhere between 1842 when the story was published and 2002 in ANY part of the world using any other source of influence, and that’s the truth. All said and done there is a little something I like about the designers work, and it is the promise of better things to come in the future that I see in it.

Pictures from Digga D on Island Mix.
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