November 30, 2017

Carola Platzek: DIE LEHRE DES GARTENS. GESPRÄCHE IN JAPAN

Book presentation

Book presentation with editor Carola Platzek

Looking at Japanese gardens will quickly reveal that they cannot be viewed as isolated from other art forms or social processes. Concepts of various origins converge in them, all aimed at creating a balance in their arrangement of the elements of the mental and the physical world. The Japanese garden thus appears neither void and contemplative nor purely aesthetic but as a social compendium that contains stories about an order that lies at the very foundation of a society—it is a total work of art and applied philosophy.

The Viennese art historian and cultural scientist Carola Platzek takes an eleventh-century Japanese gardening manual as a starting point for her exploration of the history of Japanese gardens. The essence of the Sakuteiki still holds true today: Only the precise observation of nature will warrant a garden design that is in harmony with its environment. Platzek has spoken with gardeners and garden historians, a sound researcher, as well as a Buddhist priest and a Shintō priest about their work with traditional and modern concepts that shape Japanese design. The book introduces readers to systems such as the Sakuteiki, the Tea Way, the genre of the Eight Views, waka poetry, presenting them in such a way as to make their interconnections accessible.

Carola Platzek (Hg.)
DIE LEHRE DES GARTENS. GESPRÄCHE IN JAPAN

Conversations with Hiromasa Amasaki, Makoto Akasaka, Myokyu Fujisato, Kenji Kaji, Tomoki Kato, Yasuhiko Mitani, Masatoshi Nishiyama, Eiichi Noda, Syuchi Oguni, Keiko Torigoe, Zentaro Yagasaki

92 pages
Format: 15,5 × 21 cm
Details: German, numerous color illustrations, softcover
SCHLEBRÜGGE.EDITOR
ISBN 978-3-903172-09-8
€ 24 [A] € 23,40 [D]

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