repetition / theme
What is it to recycle something, to use it again, to repeat it? What happens when an artist quotes, samples, references another? Is it stealing? Does it bespeak a lack of creativity? Or, on the contrary, does it speak to the miraculous, calling forth life from the dead, Lazarus-like, imbuing the old with the new? Repetition may very well be the key concept of the twentieth century -- although is certainly predates it. Don Quixote, for example, is an exercise in repetition: the same adventure over and over again, but somehow different each time. Indeed, difference is the key to repetition. After all, if there were no difference, every instance would remain the same thing, rather than be a reproduction of that thing. Repetition, then, is a concept of creativity, perhaps the concept of creativity: it is how the existing world is shaped into new worlds.
Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.