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Konstens verklighet i En blå bok: [ The Reality of Art in Zones of the Spirit ]
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.
2016 (Swedish)In: XIX International Strindberg Conference: Strindberg över gränserna / Strindberg across Borders. Rome, 5-7 June 2014. Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici / [ed] Massimo Ciaravolo, Roma: Istituto Italiano Studi Germanici , 2016, 179-187 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What is the relation between reality and imagination in the artist's production of images? I've been looking at Strindberg's thoughts about this in his late work Zones of the Spirit, using texts about artists making pictures – and those texts seem often to deal with portraying women. In the esoteric worldview Strindberg is expressing in Zones of the Spirit, imagination is a medium balancing on a transitional stage between reality and unreality, a stage which must be well balanced for the peace of art, or for the image, to work out well. The image seems to need some likeness to the regular reality to start with, but for the image to become well organized, the artist must reduce some of this similarity. The well brought about image needs also to have a resemblance with the artist's inner picture of the object, which is being produced. According to Strindberg's esoteric worldview this inner picture is far more real than the actual figure the artist is portraying. And it seems that when there is a fault in the image, it may be due to both the artist's disability to grasp actual reality and the real object's (the woman’s) disability to become alike the artist's inner picture.

What is at stake is a struggle between art, seen as the inner picture of the artist, and the portrayed object. When portraying a beloved woman, who in real life doesn’t behave according to the wishes of the artist, the outcome of the picture is due to the artist’s capability to keep the real woman, not the picture, away from her other admirers. In this respect real objects and art, that is the artist’s inner picture of that object, are interdependent – and it seems that real life defeats art. In another example, portraying a woman aiming to analyse her spiritual disability, there is a complicated discussion of how that woman sleepwalker (in some essays associated with the artist) is incapable of grasping both ordinary reality and the higher reality, which is the artist’s medium, and therefore she can’t make up the picture she would need to see her own disabilities. Even here one can see that the process leading to a full transformation, necessary to produce a well-balanced picture, is hindered.

To some up the thoughts on art and reality expressed in Zones of the Spirit – one would wish that art had a better and stronger influence on reality and that reality would adjust in a more proper way to the inner pictures of the artist – but alas – this is often not the case.

Abstract [sv]

Jag ska undersöka texter i En blå bok där Strindberg beskriver det konstnärliga arbetet. Det handlar inte enbart om författarens arbete utan även om bildkonstnärens och ibland kanske om en blandning av dessa. Tankar som återkommer i uppsatserna är frågan om konstens verklighet.

Strindberg binder ihop tanken på konstens verklighet med den religiösa identitetsprocessen när han liknar konstnären vid en sömngångare – en bild som kan knytas till den bibliska föreställningen att människan måste väckas i sin slummer och vakna upp till ett verkligt liv. Sömngångaren i Blå boken balanserar emellertid på en ömtålig gräns mellan sömn och vakenhet – översättbar till gränsen mellan overklighet och verklighet – och det verkar vara i det tillståndet denne kan hålla sina bilder vid liv.

I Blå bokens esoteriska världsbild är fantasin ett övergångsfenomen, en sorts materia på gränsen mellan verklighet och overklighet, och det är ett tillstånd som måste upprätthållas för att dikten ska fungera. Hur detta gränsfenomen och övergångstillstånd skildras i texterna kommer utredas genom anknytningen till den ockultistiska världsbild där förbindelse mellan kropp och själ beskrivs på ett materiellt sätt.

Genom att undersöka hur verklighet och overklighet präglar det konstnärliga mediet vill jag utreda synen på hur och när den konstnärliga processen fungerar i En blå bok.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roma: Istituto Italiano Studi Germanici , 2016. 179-187 p.
Keyword [en]
Strindberg, Zones of the Spirit, reality, imagination
Keyword [sv]
Strindberg, En blå bok, fantasi och verklighet
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General Literature Studies
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Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60990ISBN: 978-88-95868-20-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60990DiVA: diva2:1077339
Conference
Nineteenth International Strindberg Conference, Rome 5-7 June 2014
Available from: 2017-02-27 Created: 2017-02-27 Last updated: 2017-03-07

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