Aesthetic ideology

The pursuit of knowledge and the sublime through instability, uncertainty and transposition.

The aesthetic ideology or the pэrypatetik aesthetic hews close to an unstable mixture of past art, i.e. form, and contemporary possibilities in both form and content. It views conditional truths of the 21st century world to be accessible through a synthesis of phenomena manifested in past work with a relationship to the present and strives for a priori knowledge. In addition to being an approach to producing works of literature and art, it also contributes to the theory in our invented derivative called transposition.

A peripatetic work exhibits some of the following:

• uncertainty, polarization diversity and ambiguity in form and content
• narrative with a plot
• depth, complexity
• general framework where protagonist(s) struggle in or against an insidious, noxious environment, world, surroundings
• arealism: spirituality, fantasy, dreams, (sub)consciousness, metaphysical beings (gods, angels, devils, daemons, etc.)
• other characteristics of form and content in the middle ages, baroque (especially) or romantic era
• conditional truths, universals, belief
• (self-conceived) theory on which the formal decisions are based and which is partially in harmony with peripateticism
• formal innovation
• form aggrandizing content
• experimentation (but not to the point of extensive unreadability, read: boring)
• (again) diversity, intensity, deceleration, extremes, polarization, uncertainty, spirituality (e.g. a certain tense, grammar or syntax for the representation of metaphysical content)
• other formal characteristics from the middle ages, baroque (especially) or romantic era
• imperfection
• multiple forms of media

In the context of cultural history, Peripateticism views itself as a counterepoch, by which we mean an epoch defined, in form and content, by diversity, duality, uncertainty, instability, spiritual engagement, etc. Literature or art in this framework harks back implicitly or explicitly to modes of expression in the middle ages, baroque and romantic era, thereby eschewing the dominant, albeit varied Western tradition of harmony, reason, enlightenment, education/development in the epochs of the renaissance, enlightenment, nineteenth century realism and – to some extent – modernism. Peripateticism is understood as a break with modernism and postmodernism, although certainly influenced by the psychological realism of the former and the formal realism of the latter.

Additional reading on global instability: The Emblem of Instability

Friedrich, Angelika. Introduction: The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Fondevik, Vigdis. Unstable Nature: Norway and Denmark. October 2016. 
Persio, P.L.F. Social Instabilità and Instabiliteit: Italy and the Netherlands. November 2016.
Romano, Mavi. Unstable Identities: Ecuador and Europe. October 2016.
Zadrożna-Nowak, Amelia. Economic Instability: Poles at Home and the Polish Diaspora. November 2016.

Additional reading on peripatetic narratives

Friedrich, Angelika. Composing a narrative - The Dungeon. June 2015
Friedrich, Angelika. Action research and perypatetik fiction (part one). May 2015.
Friedrich, Angelika. Action research and perypatetik fiction (part two). May 2015.
Friedrich, Angelika. Producing based on theory or theory based on production. April 2015.
Friedrich, Angelika. Defining literary fiction. March 2015.
Friedrich, Angelika. Will the worst, most monotonously written novel become one of the literary classics of our time? March 2015
Friedrich, Angelika. Defining literary fiction - a response to Nathan Bransford. Feb. 2015
Whittlesey, Henry. The vision in religion, finance, social work and the arts. May 2015.
Whittlesey, Henry. Multilingual texts - Le Mot Juste by Ian Forsyth. Dec. 2014

Additional reading on cultural context

Introduction to Ndalianis's book Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment and Book on Neobaroque
Health and the neobaroque 
Gogol and his characters 
Preditory surroundings vs. individual 
Letter on the aesthetic project   
Polarization through the Internet 
Art/Literature for... 
Friedrich, Angelika. More observations - oxygen, mind, body. May 2016
Friedrich, Angelika. The dazed look. May 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Europe, Germany, refugees, polarization.... September 2015
Whittlesey, Henry. Structural polarization. August 2014
Whittlesey, Henry. Decatur Street. December 2014.
Whittlesey, Henry. Artisans in Vermont. August 2015.

Additional reading on theoretical model

1. Consciousness in Translation - Part One: Discourse and narration in general
2. Consciousness in Translation - Part Two: Discourse and narration in general
3. Consciousness in Translation - Part Three: Translating Russian narratorial commentary and interior monologue as (untagged) quoted monologue in English. Examples from Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita.
4. Consciousness in Translation - Part Four: Translating Russian narratorial commentary and interior monologue as narrated monologue (free indirect discourse)
5. Insulation and Corruption in Discourse and Narration (unpublished)
6. The Time of Apprehension in Narratives with a Commenting Narrator (published by Comparative Literature and Culture (at Purdue University) under the title Indirect Discourse with an Authorial Narrator in German, Russian and English, 2009/10, see information above)
7. The Time of Apprehension in Narratives without a Commenting Narrator (unpublished)

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