[KS] Korean Tea Ceremony -Who has ownership of "Tradition" and "Culture"? Inheritance and Legitimacy?
hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Sun Aug 12 05:25:06 EDT 2012
In response to Joobai Lee's posting:
While I follow the logic of your argument, and while I see that your
examples (the links toward the end of your posting) do support your
argument, I feel very strongly that it is really misplaced when it
comes to the issues discussed before. Garden culture, tea ceremony, as
well as my example of terminology such as "Korean renaissance" do not
fit your line of thought. "Renaissance" is not a general term but one
that is very particular to location and period when it comes to the
history of art. Art, by definition, is something that requires
attention and a high sensitivity to form, detail, terms and wording.
The point is really not if someone *can* "borrow" such a clearly
defined term, but what the message and purpose is that one gives out in
doing so, how much sense that makes, and for what purpose it is done. I
can certainly borrow such a term to do whatever with it, such as the
mentioned case of that Russian punk band, calling their performance a
"prayer." That seems to me completely "legal" and legid if viewed from
the perspective of art production, etc. The point here, however, was
that the long defined term "Renaissance" is in this particular case
being used to give some extra weight to a culture and its artistic
products that was not at all (in the 18th century) touched by European
renaissance art. That really does not relate to the other examples you
close your posting with.
As for "tea ceremony" and "garden culture"--let me later reply to
Werner Sasse's interesting posting in detail.
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