The Challenge of Enculturation on Art

The Challenge of Enculturation on Art

Lindsay Grace (University of Illinois and Illinois Institute of Art, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-352-4.ch018
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Abstract

Enculturation is the act of passing cultural ideologies from one person to the other. It is what breeds innovation instead of new creation. It is the disease of derivation, instead of the birth of creativity. This chapter assumes the practical perspective of critical anthropological distance to understand the culture of art. Such critical evaluation should illuminate the distinct characteristics that encourage patterns. In the tradition of anthropological and sociological study of existing culture, this chapter seeks to illuminate the distinguishing characteristics of contemporary art production and offer perspective on the critical creative process. It takes new media art as its case study because it serves as a cross-cultural intersection of scientific invention and artistic innovation.
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Background: Research In Multiple Disciplines

Anthropological and sociological analysis of the culture of art is not a novel practice. Bourdieu’s Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste serves as an argumentative base within the social sciences for the relationship of cultural standards and art value. The book includes an analysis of the economy of cultural worth that proves relevant more than twenty years after its publication. In the introduction of his work he states “scientific observation shows that cultural needs are the product of upbringing and education:” (Bourdieu, 2007, p9). It is this observation that functions as one of the foundations for this chapter. If culture is provided by education, than an analysis of education may illuminate how the creative process is affected.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Innovator: An individual who continues a tradition within the sciences or art.

Acculturation: Change that occurs through the modification, adoption, or adapting a neighboring cultures characteristics.

Innovation: The derivation of creative efforts that builds, modify, or is directly reliant on an existing artifacts.

Enculturation: The transparent integration of a culture’s beliefs into one’s personal beliefs

Extra-Cultural: The values, beliefs and habits which rest outside the perception, or acknowledgement of the given culture.

Invention: The creation of objects, ideas, or other items not previously conceived.

Inventor: An individual who defines a scientific or artistic approach.

Art Culture: The value systems, beliefs, and habits of the society of artists.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Gabriele Meiselwitz
Preface
James Braman, Giovanni Vincenti, Goran Trajkovski
Acknowledgment
James Braman, Giovanni Vincenti, Goran Trajkovski
Chapter 1
Adérito Fernandes Marcos, Pedro Branco, João Álvaro Carvalho
Art objects might be described as symbolic objects that aim at stimulating emotions. They reach us through our senses (visual, auditory, tactile, or... Sample PDF
The Computer Medium in Digital Art's Creative Process
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Chapter 2
Salah Uddin Ahmed, Letizia Jaccheri, Guttorm Sindre, Anna Trifonova
The interaction between art and technology, especially computing technology, is an increasing trend in the recent years. The context of this... Sample PDF
Conceptual Framework for the Intersection of Software and Art
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Chapter 3
Joseph William Pruitt
The purpose of this chapter is to define the roles of engineering and design within the product development cycle looking at both the scientific and... Sample PDF
The Design of Engineering
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Chapter 4
Jim Bizzocchi, Belgacem Ben Youssef
The chapter describes the synergistic integration of distinct research and creation agendas, each firmly grounded in its own set of practices and... Sample PDF
Ambient Video, Slow-Motion, and Convergent Domains of Practice
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Chapter 5
Ethan Ham
Randomness is a slippery term that conveys different meanings in different disciplines. In mathematics, an individual number is random when there is... Sample PDF
Randomness, Chance, & Art
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Chapter 6
Holography: Re-Defined  (pages 103-112)
Martin Richardson, Paul Scattergood
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Chapter 7
Lorenzo Picinali
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Chapter 8
Raphael DiLuzio
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Broken Cinema: The Eye and Hand in a Time-Based Art
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Chapter 9
Ambivalent Interplay  (pages 146-161)
Heejoo Kim
The human vision, the most ubiquitous receptor of the human senses, has been the prevailing sensory organ for a noticeable manifestation of visual... Sample PDF
Ambivalent Interplay
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Chapter 10
Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng
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The Aesthetics of Net dot Art
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Chapter 11
Nicola Quinn, Annette Aboulafia
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Chapter 12
Greg J. Smith
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Information Visualization and Interface Culture
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Benjamin David Robert Bogart
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Memory Association Machine
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Stefano De Luca, Eugenia Benelli, Francesco Altarocca, Dario Dussoni
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Sergiy Rakov, Viktor Gorokh, Kirill Osenkov
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Mathematics, Computer Mathematical Systems, Creativity, Art
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Jim Barta, Ron Eglash
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Chapter 18
Lindsay Grace
Enculturation is the act of passing cultural ideologies from one person to the other. It is what breeds innovation instead of new creation. It is... Sample PDF
The Challenge of Enculturation on Art
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Chapter 19
Lindsay Grace
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The Philosophies of Software
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Technological Social-ism  (pages 343-374)
Judson Wright
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Technological Social-ism
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Chapter 21
Stephen A. Schrum
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Machinima in Second Life  (pages 396-416)
Stephany Filimon
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Chapter 23
Andrew Jinman
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