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Thread #138058   Message #3159622
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
24-May-11 - 06:07 AM
Thread Name: British Folk Art
Subject: RE: British Folk Art
Genius needs focus - that of the individuality of the human brain. The folk myth assumes anonymity and collectivity - it can't see the Trees for the Wood, but without the Trees, there would be no Wood. To what extent is collective process merely the ILLUSION of individual action? Like swarms. People do collective swarming, but they do it as individuals - crowds, communiting, music, lore, traditions... Is Folk Art any different other than in terms of aesthetics? Folk Music likewise.

There is only one type of Music: Human Music. Human Music, like Human Beings, comes in a myriad diverse styles and idioms but they all share the same basic features (all of which might be found in the 1954 Definition). The religiosity of Folk (and Folkies) is such that they want to believe that their music is something other than a very modern construct. Like Mormons, they baptise the dead in the name of their God.

Dada, Surrealism, Cubism, Fauvism, the Pre-Raphaelites - all these were collective traditions, but Folk Art? I think not.