2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (A)共同研究助成  
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(Project Title)
"Reciting" the Cosmology of Life and Death in Medieval Java: The qualitative shift of relief interpretation by audiovisual narrative and its potential for cultural transmission
野澤 暁子
Akiko Nozawa
Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts, Nagoya University
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)

 1) 多くは「供養塔」として当時の巡礼慣習と関連した。
 2) 壁画は建築が体現する「死生観の象徴構造」の一部であった。
 3) 壁画内容は一種の御詠歌として「詠まれる」形式であった。

 Is it possible to revive an organic relationship between humans, the field, and culture by reconnecting intangible physical traditions with a tangible cultural heritage? This project explores this idea by reconsidering the narrative reliefs of candi (temple ruins) in Indonesia which have been largely interpreted through the lens of western philology. Of particular interest here is the assumption of a "physical relationship" between the medieval candi of Eastern Java and religious spaces as follows:
 1) Many of the candi were built as "monuments for the dead" and corresponded with pilgrimage practices in the medieval period.
 2) The narrative reliefs embodied the "structural symbolism of life and death," as they covered the entirety of the monument.
 3) The stories of contained in the reliefs were "recited" in a form of ritual poetry (Kidung/Kakawin).
 In order to deepen the understanding of medieval culture in Java, this project considers these relief narratives not as decontextualized "text[s] to be read" but rather as a form of "reciting practice" within a cosmological representation of life and death. We will also propose a new audiovisual narrative that integrates the structural symbolism of candi and the performance aesthetic of reliefs. Considering the increasing concern for history under the force of globalization, this project exemplifies the value of interdisciplinary study though international collaboration and the potential of urban media technology to aid in the "transmission of mind".

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