Feb 23, 2003

fluctuating worlds


Yesterday we went to the FLOATING WORLD Convention organized by Mario Perniola at the Japanese Institute of Culture here in Rome.
The theme centered around Ukiyo-E. Ukiyo-E originally expressed the idea that everything is transitory including man and his suffering. Ukiyo-E sees The World As Surface. We left the conference to see the IN film of the season, Gabriele Muccino's RICORDATI DI ME, a film about surfaces, too, because it talks about a young woman's desire to become a TV showgirl at any cost. And in Italy, there is this epidemic desire to become a soubrette and appear on TV regardless as to whether or not you've got talent and/or something to say. Appearing has become a form of being. But this doesn't change the fact that adjectives need nouns.



Ukiyo-e means literally floating world picture - uki (floating) - yo (world) - e (picture). It is the general term for a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the seventeenth and the twentieth century. --The art of ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), originated in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) during the period of Japanese history, when the political and military power was in the hands of the shoguns, and the country was virtually isolated from the rest of the world. It is an art closely connected with the pleasures of theatres, restaurants, teahouses, geisha and courtesans in the even then very large city. --Some of Ukiyo-e Arts--Jim Breen's Ukiyo-E Gallery--the floating world of ukiyo-eshadows, dreams substance--The Ukiyo-e Society of America was founded in 1973 by print collectors and enthusiasts. --Some of Ukiyo-e Arts--Ukiyo-e Specializing in the Sale of Authentic Japanese Woodblock Prints--Modernization in Japan and the Ukiyo-e--Most Ukiyo-e are made by the technique of woodblock printing. Some of the great early artists are Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro, Toshusai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige. ---Kotobuki



The poems accompanying ukiyo-e prints took various forms. --Welcome to Ukiyo-eWoodblockPrints.com! A special site devoted entirely to Japanese woodblock prints. --Poetics of the Retrospective Future--Ken-ichi Sasaki--Welcome to the Ukiyo-e Collection. --the world of "Shusui Taki" , a contemporary Ukiyo-e print artist of Japan--The name of this art form literally means pictures of the floating world. The term 'floating world' refers to a generally hedonistic way of life, and was often used as a euphemism for the bars and houses of ill-repute which were so popular among artists and literary types in pre-war Japan.



The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto--Teaching Japanese Aesthetics Whys and Hows for Non-Specialists--Yasunari Kawabata--Overview of Zen Buddhism and Its Influence on Japanese Art --Studies of Japanese art and an aesthetics of everyday--Sôsaku Hanga ("creative prints") was a term used as early as 1909 by the printmaker Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958) in the Encyclopedia of Liberal Arts ('Bungei hyakka zensho'). --Japanese Aesthetics and the Garden--Japanese Aesthetics--How can Americans living outside of Japanese cultural traditions and reading only translations best interpret Japanese literature? --Aesthetics in Heian Japan --Art as Japanese Aesthetics--While oneness with nature and the Buddhist feeling* that worldly display counts for nothing underlie the Japanese aesthetic, this has been expressed differently in different ages--Environmental Aesthetics ......Scenic National Landscapes: Common Themes in Japan and the United States--Aesthetics and Environmental Argument--A Hybrid Theory of Environmentalism--Nature Restoration Without Dissimulation: Learning from Japanese Gardens and Earthworks--Interpreting Environments
...aesthetics of the everyday...
environmental aesthetics before and after portfoglio--Martin Heidegger and Environmental Aesthetics--Environmental Psychology



Mario Perniola è professore ordinario di estetica presso l'Università di Roma Tor Vergata --L'arte e la sua ombra Cinque domande a Mario Perniola--In che cosa consiste l'autentico "sentire" religioso? Un provocatorio saggio del filosofo Mario Perniola--La battaglia per la bellezza di mario perniola--Mario Perniola, Chi ha paura degli studi culturali? --Il pensiero della differenza di Mario Perniola

Aesthetics of Everyday Life --Aesthetics and Ethics in Everyday Life --Designing Everyday Computational Things--Aesthetics as Mediation --Aesthetics and Usability

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