Friday, June 08, 2007

My Favorite Piece by Matthew Ever

The full manifesto here.
It is traditional to use the organizing principle of the Trivium to understand disciplinary study for learning proper. I suggest that for artistry more specifically, the Trivium principle yields a template of Grammar (the rules), Dialectic (the relationships) and Rhetoric (the representation)...Artistry from an interdisciplinary point of view anchors study in the transferring of methods or practices from one discipline to another...Transdisciplinary study involves the expanse of the “great conversation” of “great ideas”, “great themes”, “great sensations”, “great myths”, “great forms”, “great symbols”, “great shapes”, and so on, that one finds in the body of the greatest works of art and thought, both literary and non-literary; a “great exchange”. For the artist well-bred and mature through disciplinary and interdisciplinary experience, the deep subjects of the Humanities light up as a flowing continuum of cultural achievement and timeless discourse.
In my own life, an example giving a sermon.

The Grammar: Exegesis of the Biblical text and life.
Dialectic: Thinking of the context of the congregation, the liturgical time of the year (e.g. feast or saint days, Lent, etc.).
Rhetoric: Posture, voice, the preaching itself.


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