Learning from Venice : What a unique city can teach about the aesthetic

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Title: Learning from Venice : What a unique city can teach about the aesthetic
Author: Ryynänen, Max
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Institute for Art Research, Aesthetics
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2009-10-05
Language: en
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-10-5741-0
Thesis level: Doctoral dissertation (monograph)
Abstract: Learning from Venice is a philosophical learning diary on what a highly original city can teach urban aesthetics. Throughout history, classical cities have been interpreted and experienced in various ways. But aesthetics has never been accentuated as much as today. Venice has been an important center of commerce, a naval power, and it has had a lot of influence in arts and culture. But in our days it is a tourist trap and a cluster of so called world heritage. The development of tourism is the main reason for the fact that many old cities have become venues for leisure and entertainment, sometimes so that everyday life itself has been pushed to the margins. There is a lot one can learn by studying the history of the aesthetic appreciation of a city. Sometimes the way a city has been enjoyed has changed following the development of traffic. In Venice water buses have replaced the slow and silent gondolas, and since the building of the railway tourists have been approaching the city from a new direction, so that her façade which was built for seafarers has almost become forgotten. There are also themes of change and mobility which are peculiarly Venetian. What is the nature of a city where there are more tourists than inhabitants? And how does one experience a city where water dominates? These questions, and many more, are discussed in Learning from Venice, and side by side with applied aesthetics, the work of philosophers like Walter Benjamin, Gianni Vattimo, and John Dewey, among many others, enter a dialogue with this extraordinary city. Themes discussed include also e.g. walking, surface and depth, Venice as kitsch, and Venice as a museum.Väitöskirjassa tutkitaan Venetsian estetiikkaa, ja sen kautta sitä miten ainutlaatuinen kaupunki voisi haastaa ja stimuloida estetiikan tutkimusta ja sen paradigmoja. Teemoihin kuuluvat mm. autottomassa kaupungissa kävely, vesiliikenne, sekä kaupunki museona. Filosofeista esimerkiksi Walter Benjaminin, Gianni Vattimon ja John Deweyn ajatukset löytävät dialogin kaupungin esteettisten erityispiirteiden kanssa. Väitös on luonteeltaan soveltavaa estetiikkaa ja ympäristöestetiikkaa. Sen tyylilaji on esseistinen.
Subject: estetiikka
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