Rugs, guitars, and fiddling : intensification and the rich modern lives of traditional arts /

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University Press of Mississippi,, Jackson, United States, p.1 online resource (vii, 180 pages) : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00928587, (OCoLC)fst00929383, (OCoLC)fst00930306, (OCoLC)fst00949190, (OCoLC)fst01101147, bisacsh, fast, Folk art, Folk art., Folk music, Folk music., Folklore., Guitar makers., History and criticism., Mexico., Norway, Philosophy and aesthetics., Rugs, Rugs., SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology, Southern States


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction. Norwegian fiddling and the three processes of intensification -- Souvenir area rugs from Southern Mexico : from floors to walls -- Steel string guitars in unprecedented variety -- Weekend sounds : the multifarious craft of American fiddling -- Intensified but traditional : an afterword in stripes and curves."What do exotic area rugs, handcrafted steel-string guitars, and fiddling have in common today? Many contemporary tradition bearers embrace complexity in form and content. They construct objects and performances that draw on the past and evoke nostalgia effectively but also reward close attention. In Rugs, Guitars, and Fiddling: Intensification and the Rich Modern Lives of Traditional Arts, author Chris Goertzen argues that this entails three types of change that can be grouped under an umbrella term: intensification. First, traditional creativity can be intensified through virtuosity, through doing hard things extra fluently. Second, performances can be intensified through addition, by packing increased amounts of traditional materials into the conventionally sized packages. Third, in intensification through selection, artistic impact can grow even if amount of information recedes by emphasizing compelling ideas-e.g., crafting a red and black viper poised to strike rather than a pretty duck decoy featuring more colors and contours. Rugs handwoven in southern Mexico, luthier-made guitars, and southern US fiddle styles experience parallel changes, all absorbing just enough of the complex flavors, dynamics, and rhythms of modern life to translate inherited folklore into traditions that can be widely celebrated today. New mosaics of details and skeins of nuances don't transform craft into esoteric fine art, but rather enlist the twists and turns and endless variety of the contemporary world therapeutically, helping transform our daily chaos into parades of negotiable jigsaw puzzles. Intensification helps make crafts and traditional performances more accessible and understandable and thus more effective, bringing past and present closer together, helping folk arts continue to perform their magic today"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 14, 2022).