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Title:Trans-Liminal Personality and the Artistic Culture of the Transition Period
Author:Mirimanov, Vil B.ISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:St. Petersburg Journal of African Studies
Issue:5
Pages:101-113
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:African culture
arts
Architecture and the Arts
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The history of artistic culture testifies that when a new society emerges, art tradition can be completely renewed. Any new tradition, however, passes through a more or less long period of formation. This transition period contains not only elements of the past and the future, but also elements of its own. Tropical Africa is currently in such a transliminal situation. While most Africans have outgrown the ideas and rituals of traditional tribal culture, they are not yet ready to comprehend the advanced forms of modern urban industrial culture. Characteristic of this threshold situation are various kinds of amateurish art, some transformed (modernized) forms of traditional art, and some elementary peripheral types of 'mass' urban artistic production. The marginal forms tend to be the most dynamic and viable. Their amorphous and spontaneous character assures a relative stability and allows an immediate response to the needs of the milieu. It is in this nonformalized element, rather than in traditional or urban art, that possibilities are available for the emergence and entrenchment of adequate forms of a new African culture. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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