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The Tell of Tragedy
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Department of Design, Crafts and Art (DKK), Ädellab/Metal.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The curiosity of different beliefs to “tragedy” between the two worlds, Eastern where tragedy is unpleasant and Western where tragedy is praised as high art form since Ancient Greek. The reason that they are very different as two ends from one point and how to present them directly to understandable stage in art forms itself are questioned.

This essay is a research into philosophical living and belief relates to tragedy in Eastern and Western views toward tragedy in art forms. The way tragedy has been put differently and the way people treat this feeling. There is a border which is deep-seated into each cultures. The relation of time is used to explain tragedy in Ancient Greek. Western tragedy is big enough to play a main role while Eastern tragedy play a part of the whole in one legend or story. The study of Andy Warhol’s method “Traumatic Realism” which is relevant to starting question explains the direction of using repetition as presentation in order to bring viewers get into trauma at its surface. Picasso’s painting “Tragedy”, Edward Gorey’s storytelling illustration “The Hapless Child”, and Marina Abramovic’s performance “Balkan Baroque”, are used to discuss their techniques and statements based on tragedy from different forms. There is a touching point from Warhol’s and Abramovic’s works.

Conclusion talks about the method to present tragedy right there in the work. Selections of pictures are used to tell direction of tragedy in the work. Hierarchy of perception and changing of time in works are explained by Ancient Greek tragedy philosophy and Warhol’s repetition.

Feeling is gradually changed. Traces can be found. Time is taking it away.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
tragedy, Traumatic Realism, tragedy philosophy
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-179OAI: diva2:408695
Educational program
Jewellery + Corpus (Ädellab/Metal, Master)
Fine Art
Available from: 2011-04-06 Created: 2011-04-06 Last updated: 2012-05-07Bibliographically approved

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