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dc.contributor.authorHOLTBERND, LUISE
dc.contributor.otherFaculty of Artsen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-01T12:34:12Z
dc.date.available2013-11-01T12:34:12Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifierNOT AVAILABLEen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/2530
dc.descriptionMerged with duplicate record 10026.1/650 on 15.02.2017 by CS (TIS)
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This thesis is a cross-relational enquiry into the nature of ritual as the subject of arts-based research. It can be described as ritual-led; or as an artist's manifestation of ritual. The core of the submission consists in an exhibition, comprising 30 pieces of framed, wall-hung artwork; 3 artist's books; some small-scale sculptural work and a documentary film. The research is concerned with parallel, related disciplines and modes of working: visual art, music, general ritual studies, pedagogy and the practice of Buddhist meditation and ritual. The following areas are being addressed: 1. The context of ritual in general, and Buddhist ritual in particular, both as traditional practice and in a contemporary setting. 2. Tradition and innovation as complementary forces in the evolution of ritual. 3. The interplay of pedagogy and art in the emergence of a body of work. 4. The effects of a personal life-crisis (contracting diabetes type 2) on the course of study; i.e. the discovery of ritualised artmaking as a form of healing and catalyst for increased artistic productivity. The foundation of the enquiry is both theoretical and practical. The experimental visual artwork employs a variety of techniques and media: ashes on paper; papermaking; wood pulp; and watercolour. The written thesis entails an analysis of process and outcome in each series of works, seen in relationship to Buddhist and educational disciplines. A four-year period of pedagogical developments in small and large-scale groups is documented, surveyed and evaluated. The conclusions are based on reflections of a holistic nature, integrating the different modalities of working and indicating the context of the studies within contemporary society.

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dc.publisherUniversity of Plymouthen_US
dc.titleGESTURES TOWARDS EMPTINESS: AN EXPLORATION OF RITUAL WITH REFERENCE TO BUDDHIST TRADITION AND INNOVATIONen_US
dc.typeDoctorateen_US
plymouth.versionFull version: final and full version as approved by the examiners at the time of the award of your degreeen_US


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