Arts and Design Studies
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ISSN (Print) 2224-6061 - ISSN (Online) 2225-059X
Published by International Institute for Science, Technology and Education (IISTE) [30 journals]
- Visual Newness Value of Craft Products for Indonesian Public
Authors: Andry ; Agus Sachari, Pribadi Widodo
Abstract: Market mechanism demands “newness” as a predicate to be embedded on any product to be offered on the market. The contextuality of the “newness” calls for a study of how consumers respond to a product that offers such newness. In any craft products, the value of newness is often in conflict with the unique characteristics shaped by tradition, making newness harder to achieve. This study comprises a phenomenological analysis towards consumer appreciation of the value of newness in craft products. The study is conducted through surveying public appreciation towards randomly chosen craft product. The analysis that follows is based on the conclusion collected from questionnaires, a formalistic analysis of the craft products, and the resulting phenomenon based on the profiles of the respondents. Keywords: newness, craft, formalistic.
- Aina Onabolu’s Dr. Sapara and Reverse Appropriation
Authors: Onyema Emeni
Abstract: The discourse on the development of modern painting in Nigeria, though roboust has hardly considered the ideological alternative in the attempt to locate style within its frame as a visual language. The predilection to focus only on the empirical values of form to the exclusion of a governing text or an undercurrent that shapes thoughts and actions in the production of culture from time to time therefore, inspired this paper. The focus here is to understand what is it that lies behind the visual forms of Onabolu’s age and by extrapolation every age within time/space concerned. Ideology as a latent but effective tool in the shaping of cultural action is non palpable parameter of reference. It is detectable in the way a noticed consistency in the thoughts and actions of an age have always been defined by some stylistic consistency and contextual coordinates. Ideology permits for the rearticulation of ideas from previous ages to suit those of another age hence it is usually open-ended in its ambiences of reference. This paper attempts a history of Aina Onabolu and the theory of Reverse Appropriation, from an ideological point of view, which implicated a discourse on the nature of ideas and Onabolu’s desire to resituate, some racial prejudice and anti-African stereotypes re-inscribing the demystification of racialist notions, that no African was endowed with the mental capacities to produce an art of true picture in verisimilitude, using SAPARA a portrait considered by scholars as a master piece of the early modern Africa’s realism. The empirical values derived from Onabolu’s work point to an inclination to appropriate alien tendencies. This is what Olu Oguibe termed “reverse appropriation. The term reverse appropriation carries with it inchoate connotations that undermine the reality of intercultural ideals and negotiations. Continued appropriation is the ground in which cultural progress is won: A few rhetorics that feature in the Onabolu history have provided positions that appear to validate the hompophilia theory whereby Onabolu appropriated the western aesthetic canons in his paintings. “His intention was not to achieve validation in the eyes of the whiteman, but through reverse appropriation invalidate European assumptions upon which the civilizing missions in the colonies was founded” (Oguibe 2003:40). Keywords: Modern Painting, Reverse Appropriation, Contemporary, colonial
- Assess Irony Communication of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono through Political
Authors: Ferry Darmawan; Yasraf Amir Piliang
Abstract: Irony is a figure of speech that states the meaning as opposed to the true meaning, and presented a mismatch between the atmosphere and the underlying reality. Irony communication is often done by our politicians. It seems to reveal the communication activities related to politics by presenting actual and potential consequences that set humans under conditions of conflict. The actual consequences means that activities actually performed by political actors, political communication or activity that is clearly located within the realm of political communication, such as campaign, presidential speeches, political advertising, and so on. Irony communication is that not only the language of political compromise merely rhetoric but also paralinguistic signs such as gestures and political action. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) as a political figure who had occupied the position as the number one in Indonesia during the two periods of leadership in the reform era, has a communication style of irony that interesting to study. Using Discourse Analysis approach, this study examines this issue through political cartoons, meanwhile political cartoons as a form of visual communication and journalism then the message is in the cartoon can also be used to understand the texts produced in discourse. Keywords: Irony Communication, Political Cartoon, Visual Discourse.
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- The Artist and the Philosophical Vision of 21st Century Ghana
Authors: PAPA KOFI KUM-ESSUON
Abstract: Historical trends and critical observation suggest that nations that formulate their philosophical visions using their arts and culture as basis are not only better identified globally, but achieve substantial development. This paper gathers information from both primary and secondary sources to trace how Ghana’s policy makers in the past achieved national development and identity through her arts and culture. It employs descriptive method in probing into the developmental agenda of Ghana today finding out the extent to which the neglect of the arts and culture as catalyst for national development affect Ghana in recent times. The paper also outlines a number of recommendations against the exigencies of the 21st century and the benefit thereof. Keywords: African personality; Cognitive growth; Affective development; Avant-garde; Globalization
- Investigating the Gender of God: Theatre Design in Pursuance of Gender
Equality in Nigeria
Authors: ADEOYE; Michael Aderemi
Abstract: This is a critical study in response to the social effects of gender conflicts in Africa, with reference to Nigeria. The subject of gender has continued to generate divergent opinions among scholars and gender practitioners whereas this concept is only man-made and is not fundamental to the primordial concepts which lay theoretical claims to the origin of the human race. The objective of the study, therefore, is to offer a timely intervention in order to forestall an eventual withdrawal of the female gender from Theatre Design. The theoretical framework considers the anti-western premise, juxtaposed alongside the biblical account of human origin, which confers the designation: “man” on all human beings regardless of gender, applauding the pre-colonial communal status of the African woman. The research methodology involved In-Depth Interview (IDI) and Participatory Observation. Thus, the findings, through qualitative and quantitative analysis, show that there is conflict, between the male and female genders in Nigeria, resulting from what Illah called “Freudian slight and organised intellectual second fiddling” by the female gender (xiii). The conclusion is that balance in gender activism will enhance equal gender participation in theatrical design on the Nigerian stage. Keywords: Gender, Theatre Design, Equality, Man.