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Re: aesthetics through awareness?

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Maria Bodmann (af063)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 09:51:32 -0800

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>>Anne Marie asked:
>As a follow up I wanted to introduce students to aesthetic concepts in
>other cultures. What qualities/characteristics do other cultures
>regard as aesthetic, and how do these differ from traditional western
>meanings and values? This all comes back to my basic idea regarding
>how we see art as determined by what we value as art and what art
>means to us personally and as a culture. Response? Thanks.

Christine answered:
>Guess what I found out about the Navajo "concept of art"?
>You are art, what you do is art, and you better think good thoughts
>while you do it!

Ditto for Balinese art, in fact they didn't have a formal word for 'art'
until this century. Art is life, art is religion, art is a way of
thanking 'higher beings'. Everyone is involved in art in one way or
another, from the rice farmer to the international touring ensembles.


Maria Bodmann, BALI & BEYOND, shadow
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