A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Arnott, Bruce Murray en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Chandler, Clive en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Von Solms, Charlayn Imogen en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-10T09:34:27Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-10T09:34:27Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Von Solms, C. 2015. A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15765
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The thesis identifies an equivalence between two seemingly disparate art-forms - Homeric poetry (the Iliad and the Odyssey) and sculptural assemblage. The synthesis of form and content achieved by the re-organization, manipulation, and transformation of pre-existing components in the theory of an oral-formulaic Homer is explored by means of a practical application of sculptural assemblage. The thesis proposes that Homeric poetics and sculptural assemblage are sufficiently similar in terms of structure, methodology, and interpretive processes, to enable a sculptural evocation of the participatory interpretive aspects of Homeric composition in performance that is comprehensible to a contemporary audience. The development of an iconography of an oral-formulaic Homer is expressed in a series of twelve sculptural assemblages entitled A Catalogue of Shapes 2010-13. These sculptures are composite object portraits of twelve Homeric characters. The creation of this catalogue of characters was informed by core structural, compositional, and conceptual aspects of the Iliadic Catalogue of Ships as a reflexive site of artistic self-awareness. A Catalogue of Shapes therefore represents a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer. The representational system underlying A Catalogue of Shapes incorporates complex connotative allusions achieved by the manipulation of symbolically-invested materials, objects, and forms to reflect the compositional strategy underlying Homeric poetics. As an 'aesthetic translation' this series of sculptural assemblages comprises the creative and contextual re-interpretation of attributes characteristic of the form and content of an existing text/artwork, by means of creating another. It is both an autonomous artwork and an extension of an existing creative tradition. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Fine Art en_ZA
dc.title A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Michaelis School of Fine Art en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Von Solms, C. I. (2015). <i>A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15765 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Von Solms, Charlayn Imogen. <i>"A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15765 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Von Solms CI. A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15765 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Von Solms, Charlayn Imogen AB - The thesis identifies an equivalence between two seemingly disparate art-forms - Homeric poetry (the Iliad and the Odyssey) and sculptural assemblage. The synthesis of form and content achieved by the re-organization, manipulation, and transformation of pre-existing components in the theory of an oral-formulaic Homer is explored by means of a practical application of sculptural assemblage. The thesis proposes that Homeric poetics and sculptural assemblage are sufficiently similar in terms of structure, methodology, and interpretive processes, to enable a sculptural evocation of the participatory interpretive aspects of Homeric composition in performance that is comprehensible to a contemporary audience. The development of an iconography of an oral-formulaic Homer is expressed in a series of twelve sculptural assemblages entitled A Catalogue of Shapes 2010-13. These sculptures are composite object portraits of twelve Homeric characters. The creation of this catalogue of characters was informed by core structural, compositional, and conceptual aspects of the Iliadic Catalogue of Ships as a reflexive site of artistic self-awareness. A Catalogue of Shapes therefore represents a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer. The representational system underlying A Catalogue of Shapes incorporates complex connotative allusions achieved by the manipulation of symbolically-invested materials, objects, and forms to reflect the compositional strategy underlying Homeric poetics. As an 'aesthetic translation' this series of sculptural assemblages comprises the creative and contextual re-interpretation of attributes characteristic of the form and content of an existing text/artwork, by means of creating another. It is both an autonomous artwork and an extension of an existing creative tradition. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer TI - A catalogue of shapes: a composite object portrait of an oral-formulaic Homer UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15765 ER - en_ZA


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