Peripateticism: The Peripatetic Aesthetic (Draft of Website for Peripatetic Media)

Here is the first  second draft of the aesthetic as it will be outlined at the website of Peripatetic Media:


Peripateticism, or the peripatetic aesthetic, is 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
•     a narrative with a plot
•     depth
•     a 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 innovations
•    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.

Peripatetic narratives

See www.transposing.net
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... 

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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