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Deconstruction of Buddhist art in the hands of postmodern imagery

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Author

Aall, Ingrid

Date

2002

Volume

3

Pages

210-212

ISSN

1530-4108

Abstract

The paper will begin by considering postmodern imagery as a response to the present technology based world view. Technology in today's world transgresses any border, national or international. A most exciting aspect is the expansion of the electronic mass communications systems: the computer is today present in every contemporary activity, in the West, be it economic or cultural.

As Buddhism enjoys a Renaissance in the 21st century artists have found in the computer a compatible tool to express their yearnings. Fascinated by Buddhism and its relevance for disillusioned souls in search of a spiritual feedback, they experiment with an artistic vocabulary that echoes the postmodern interpretation of Buddhist ethics.