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Doing Wabi Sabi. How theater producers introduce and use aesthetic concepts

  • The idea of this article is to take the immaterial and somehow ethereal nature of aesthetic concepts seriously by asking how aesthetic concepts are negotiated and thus formed in communication. My examples come from theatrical production where aesthetic decisions naturally play a major role. In the given case, an aesthetic concept is introduced with which only the director, but none of the actors is familiar in the beginning of the rehearsals. The concept, Wabi Sabi, comes from Japanese culture. As the whole rehearsal process was video recorded, it is possible to track the process of how the concept is negotiated and acquired over time. So, instead of defining criteria what Wabi Sabi as an aesthetic concept “consists of,” this article seeks to show how the concept is introduced, explained and “used” within a practical context, in this case a theater rehearsal. In contrast to conventional models of aesthetic experience, I am interested in the ways in which an aesthetic concept is configured in and through socially organized interaction, and — vice versa — how that interaction contributes to the situational accomplishment of the same concept. In short: I am interested in the “doing” of aesthetic concepts, especially in “doing Wabi Sabi.”

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Author:Axel SchmidtORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Beyond style and genre. Aesthetic concepts in popular culture
Series (Serial Number):Populäre Kultur und Musik (39)
Place of publication:Münster
Editor:Christofer Jost
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2023
Date of Publication (online):2024/01/19
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Tag:Wabi Sabi; aesthetic concept; practical contexts
GND Keyword:Interaktion; Kommunikation; Theater; Theaterprobe; Theaterspiel; Ästhetik
First Page:165
Last Page:186
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik / 400 Sprache
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt