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2022 | 1(22) Powrót metafizyki | 445-462

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Measuring Mas: A Metaphysical-Bakhtinian Perspective on the Trinidadian Carnivalesque

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Pomiar mas(karady): metafizyczno-bachtinowska perspektywa trynidadzkiej karnawalizacji

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Carnival is a space of play where you are at once earthly and divine. We are born to this culture, writing our narratives in song, dress, tradition and spirit. As Trinidadians, we embed our lives, our creativity, and our souls into this sacrament. And every year it blesses our people with inspiration, solace and liberation. The theoretical premise of this paper combines social constructivism and Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogism, heteroglossia, and chronotope to investigate aesthetic architecture within the Trinidadian carnivalesque (mas). A series of narrative interviews were conducted with Carnival band leader Valmiki Maharaj and visual artist Jackie Hinkson, gathering core meanings, intentions, and processes of creation attached to the Trinidadian brand of Carnival. This work highlights the aesthetic manifestations of reflection, creation, and connection as represented in murals, costuming, and carnival accoutrements, whilst acknowledging the cultural and historical frameworks that support these structures.
Karnawał to przestrzeń zabawy znaczeniami, w której jest się jednocześnie ziemskim i boskim. My, Trynidadczycy, urodziliśmy się w tej kulturze, a następnie pisaliśmy nasze opowieści pieśnią, strojem, tradycją i duchem. To w sakramencie karnawału osadzamy nasze życia, naszą kreatywność i nasze dusze. I każdego roku błogosławi nas on inspiracją, koi i wyzwala. Teoretyczne założenia artykułu łączą społeczny konstruktywizm z opisanymi przez Michaiła Bachtina dialogicznością, heteroglosją i chronotopem w celu zbadania architektury estetycznej trynidadzkiej karnawalizacji (mas). W tekście przedstawiono rezultaty serii wywiadów narracyjnych z liderem zespołu karnawałowego Valmikiem Maharajem i artystą wizualnym Jackiem Hinksonem na temat podstawowych znaczeń, intencji i procesu tworzenia związanych z trynidadzkim gatunkiem karnawału. Opracowanie podkreśla estetyczne przejawy refleksji, kreacji i połączeń na podstawie murali, kostiumów i scenografii karnawału, równocześnie uznając kulturowe i historyczne ramy, które podtrzymują te struktury.





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