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The Icon Debate

Religious Images in Russia in the 15th and 16th Centuries

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Aleksandra Sulikowska

The book explores the subject of Russian icons and their changes as well as the discussion on art that unfolded in Russia in the 15th and 16th centuries. Taking the representation of the Old Testament Trinity, attributed to Andrei Rublev, as its point of departure, it discusses and analyses the key issues of the iconography of the Holy Trinity and the process of the emergence and the dissemination of the imagery of God the Father and the New Testament Trinity in Russia. These issues are framed in the context of the debate that took place at the time within the Muscovite Orthodoxy, which concerned heresy, the relations with other denominations, the identity of the Russian Orthodox Church and the place of the icons in the existing canon.

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Être et avoir un corps

Corps quotidien, corps scénique

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Nadia Foisil

Cette recherche théorico-empirique désarticule le corps et l’étudie dans ses dimensions anthropologique, anatomophysiologique, neuroscientifique, scénique. Le jeu est dans la comédie sociale et le comédien le transporte sur la scène. Les rôles dépendent de la structure de la société, de la place de l’acteur et de son individualité. Ils évoluent selon des facteurs extérieurs et intérieurs à l’humain. Certains acteurs s’approprient plus facilement leur rôle que d’autres, épousent gestuelle et discours de chaque classe, abandonnent un costume pour en revêtir un autre. Le théâtre est le domaine qui érige ce jeu des rôles en profession. Dès lors, l’interrogation sur la latitude du comédien à jouer requiert une contextualisation et appelle la question de l’inné et de l’acquis. L’humain joue-t-il d’emblée ou apprend-il à jouer ? Dans quelle mesure le corps est-il un instrument expressif théâtral et social?

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Motion Pictures

Travel Ideals in Film

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Gemma Blackwood and Andrew McGregor

This volume examines representations and explorations of travel ideals in contemporary international cinema. It assembles work from a diverse range of academic fields including anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cinema, culture, tourism, communication and language studies, with contributions from international experts such as Mary Louise Pratt of New York University, whose work on ‘contact zones’ continues to provide the framework for scholarship on travel writing around the world. The volume explores the link between filmed spaces and real locations, with one of the fundamental dynamics being the investigation of filmmaking itself, and in particular the notion that cultural authenticity may be sought and found by filming ‘on location’. Also examined are the notions of fantasy and exoticism that arise through an idealisation of the locations themselves and their transformational impact on the protagonists who travel there. Such is the impact of motion pictures on contemporary culture that these travel ideals in film will inevitably influence our understanding of cities, regions, nations and cultures; indeed, the world around us and our role in it.
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Monica Kang

The book explores cellular pivots as a new means of progression, functional tonality having disappeared in much of contemporary music. Béla Bartók can be seen as a kind of father figure to the other two composers, Chen Yi and George Crumb, in terms of their stylistic, technical, and even philosophical connections. The musical affinities of all three composers reflect a larger body of post-tonal music. Cell constructions and their pivotal motions span the gamut from traditional/asymmetrical to more abstract/symmetrical formations. This study provides insight into universal principles of the post-tonal era and reveals a broader evolution of the musical language as represented by the three composers.
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Silvia Richter and Maude Williams

Obwohl dem Begriff des Transfers, insbesondere des Kulturtransfers, in der Forschung heute große Aufmerksamkeit zukommt, findet im Gegenteil derjenige des Austauschs weit weniger Beachtung. Dennoch ist das Phänomen des «Austauschs» allgegenwärtig in den Arbeiten der Geisteswissenschaften.

In vielen Bereichen der Geisteswissenschaften erweist sich dieser Begriff als nützlich, um Transformationsprozesse, von der Moderne bis heute, zu analysieren. Durch Beispiele aus Geschichte, Philosophie, vergleichender Literaturwissenschaft, Linguistik sowie zeitgenössischer Kunst hinterfragen die in diesem Band versammelten Autoren den Begriff des Austauschs, seine Art, Formen und Wirkungen. Bei der Vielfalt der Austauschsformen konzentrieren sich die Autoren insbesondere auf deren Charakteristika und Besonderheiten, um die Grundlagen für eine tragfähige Definition des Austauschs zu legen.

Bien que la notion de transfert, notamment de « transfert culturel » (Kulturtransfer) soit aujourd’hui bien étudiée, celle de l’échange au contraire est quelque peu délaissée par la recherche. Le phénomène de « l’échange » est pourtant omniprésent dans l’étude des sciences humaines. Dans beaucoup de domaines scientifiques, cette notion s’avère utile afin d’analyser des processus de transformation de l’époque moderne à nos jours.

À travers l’histoire, la philosophie, la littérature comparée, la linguistique et l’art contemporain, les auteurs de cet ouvrage s’interrogent sur la notion d’échange, sa nature, ses formes et ses effets. Parmi la diversité des formes d’échange, les réflexions des auteurs se focalisent notamment sur ses caractéristiques, ses spécificités, afin de poser les jalons d’une définition viable de ce qu’est l’échange.

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The Kinetics of the Invisible

Acting Processes in Peter Brook's Theatre

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Matteo Bonfitto

What’s the role played by the invisible in our lives? At what level can it be perceived when explored in theatre-making? Having as its focus the acting processes carried out by Peter Brook and his actors, this book examines many aspects of their practical work – from actor training seen as "poiesis" to the production of the "present moment" – and in doing so, it tries to recognize the nuances and subtle qualities generated by the invisible produced by them. However, the core of this investigation is that of trying to capture the invisible not as a vague sensation but in its dynamic and powerful manifestation.

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From Modernism to Postmodernism

Between Universal and Local

Gregor Pompe, Katarina Bogunović Hočevar and Nejc Sukljan

The book explores two radical changes of cultural and social paradigm that determined the World after 1945 – Modernism and Postmodernism. From the cataclysmic atmosphere emerged the second wave of Modernism. In art this attitude was manifested in the form of a radical break with the aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of prior generations. In architecture the International Style was born, meanwhile similar «universality» was also a characteristic of musical serialism.

From the beginning of the 1970s the wheels again began to turn in the other direction. The powerful destructive will of modernism increasingly waivered, and the period after modernism – postmodernism – began. The book answers questions related to the reasons for these turnarounds, their consequences and their implications.

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Kathedrale – Kunstgeschichte – Kulturwissenschaft

Ansätze zu einer produktiven Problemgeschichte architekturhistorischer Deutungen

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Christian Nille

Das Buch stellt erstmals die architekturhistorischen Deutungen der mittelalterlichen Kathedrale zusammen, welche die Forschung in den letzten rund 150 Jahren erarbeitet hat. Diese Deutungen verortet und diskutiert der Autor im Kontext der allgemeinen Kunstgeschichte sowie der Kulturwissenschaft. Ziel ist es, zentrale Forschungsprobleme und deren Lösungen aus den einzelnen Bereichen herauszuarbeiten und für die anderen Bereiche zu nutzen. Diese produktive Problemgeschichte geht zunächst wissenschaftsgeschichtlich vor, um die Ergebnisse dann für die aktuelle Forschung produktiv zu machen. Der Leser erfährt somit, wo die Forschung steht, auf welchen Traditionen sie beruht, welche Alternativen dazu existieren und wie sich einzelne Problemlösungen sinnvoll kombinieren lassen.
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In the Footsteps of the Old Masters

The Myth of Golden Age Holland in 19 th Century Art and Art Criticism

Agnieszka Rosales Rodríguez

The author presents a broad phenomenon known under the term of «Hollandism» as present in the European culture. Investigating various areas of 19th century painting, art criticism and literature, the author explains interpretation clichés attached to the culture of the Golden Age (e.g. its bourgeois and Protestant character, its realism and its genre character), which are entrenched in art history. She also presents those aspects of northern Netherlandish painting in the 17th century which were contrary to this image and which made many artists seek the sources of modernité in the art of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. The book offers an insight into the complex motivations and attitudes towards the artistic tradition not only of the great painters, but also of the little-known, almost forgotten imitators of the Dutch «Little Masters».
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Art in Motion III

Performing Under Pressure

Adina Mornell

Top performers are typically seen as those experts in their fields with the most confidence, highest powers of concentration, and best training methods. Is this a realistic, comprehensive assessment of the components of artistic and athletic success? Stress situations can create vulnerability to mistakes, even in professionals. Not one strategy is known to consistently shelter humans from the fear of public scrutiny. As long as the factors underlying personal achievement are not sufficiently researched, sub-optimal performance will remain a possibility. An interdisciplinary understanding of human physiology, psychology and behavior can aid the development and implementation of training, motivational, and coping strategies that help performers to achieve their best, even under pressure.