By Christopher Pinney, Nicholas Thomas

ISBN-10: 0585435987

ISBN-13: 9780585435985

ISBN-10: 1859734596

ISBN-13: 9781859734599

The anthropology of paintings is at present at a crossroads. even supposing good versed within the which means of artwork in small-scale tribal societies, anthropologists are nonetheless wrestling with the query of the way to interpret paintings in a fancy, post-colonial setting. Alfred Gell lately faced this challenge in his posthumous publication artwork and organization. The significant thesis of his learn used to be that artwork gadgets will be visible, no longer as bearers of which means or aesthetic worth, yet as kinds mediating social motion. At a stroke, Gell provocatively brushed off many longstanding yet drained questions of definition and problems with aesthetic price. His publication proposed a unique standpoint at the roles of paintings in political perform and made clean hyperlinks among analyses of fashion, culture and society.Offering a brand new evaluate of the anthropology of paintings, this publication starts off the place Gell left off. featuring wide-ranging reviews of the boundaries of aesthetic interpretation, the workings of items in perform, the family members among that means and efficacy and the politics of postcolonial paintings, its wonderful participants either complex on and dissent from the controversies of Gell’s vital textual content. topics lined comprise song and the web in addition to ethnographic traditions and modern indigenous artwork. Geographically its case reports diversity from India to Oceania to North the USA and Europe.

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13 Literally re-enacting a unique event in all its particulars is imaginable but not possible in practice. It is argued that a performance cannot be ‘authentic’ in every way. Is it enough to capture the sound if the context, including the dispositions of the audience, is left modern? The Problem of Reception Authenticity in performance is an impossible goal, the argument goes, if only because the effect of music depends on the hearer as much as the performers (see Kenyon 1997). Modern audiences come to music from earlier times with a very different mind-set from that of the original audience.

During the Romantic era performers asserted themselves by changing the score, or ignoring the markings, changing instrumentation, and perhaps with Furtwängler and Landowska they claimed to reveal the ‘spirit of the work’ in spite of (or because of) such changes. – 45 – Ian Keen Taking the extreme opposite position was Igor Stravinsky, who demanded that performers be completely self-effacing, rigidly adhering to the composer’s instructions. He went so far as to record ‘definitive’ performances conducted by himself, although he later conceded that with time he had revised his approach to his own works (Taruskin 1995).

1972. From Symbolism to Structuralism: Lévi-Strauss in a Literary Tradition. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Einstein, A. 1947. Music in the Romantic Era. M. Dent and Sons, Ltd. Feil, A. 1978. Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin; Winterreise. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. Feld, S. 1994. ‘Aesthetics as Iconicity of Style or: “Lift-up-over-sounding”: Getting into the Kaluli Groove’. In S. Feld and C. Keil, Music Grooves. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Fischer-Dieskau, D. 1976. The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder.

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