By J. Bourgoin
Approximately 2 hundred examples convey the wide variety of Islamic paintings, together with hexagon and octagon designs, mixtures of stars and rosettes, and lots of adaptations on different geometric styles. Twenty-eight examples from conventional resources in Cairo and Damascus comprise sanctuary doorways, openwork home windows, and inlaid marble pavements and ceilings.
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As one reflects upon the history of culture in the twentieth century, at least within what we call the “developed world,” it’s hard not to conclude that Sousa was right. Never before in the history of human culture had the production of culture been as professionalized. Never before had its production become as concentrated. ” The twentieth century was the first time in the history of human culture when popular culture had become professionalized, and when the people were taught to defer to the professional.
What do they then do to us? I answer these questions by drawing a map of the change in what we could call cultures of creativity. That map begins at the turn of the last century. It is painted with fears from then about what our culture was becoming. Most of those fears proved correct. But they help us understand why much of what we seem to fear today is nothing to fear at all. indd 18 8/12/08 1:54:36 AM IN T RO D U C T I O N 19 we were before. We should celebrate that return, and the prosperity it promises.
This is the stuff at the core of RO culture. And while of course the stuff was not born with the “infernal machines” that Sousa lamented (in our tradition it was Gutenberg who gave birth to the most significant spread of tokens of RO culture), my focus for the moment will be on the RO culture that Sousa did lament: the tokens of RO culture that get processed and performed by machines, capturing and spreading music, and the spoken word, and eventually, images and film. * Of course, as Candice Breitz and many others argue, there’s nothing “simple” in consuming, but put those complications aside for the moment.
Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design (Dover Pictorial Archive) by J. Bourgoin