Ornamented Worlds and Textures of Feeling: The Power of Abundance
Human development takes place in an ornamented –
redundantly patterned and highly repetitive – world.
The emergence of knowledge takes the form of episodic
unpredictable synthetic events at the intersection
of the fields of internal and external cultural meaning
systems – through the mutually linked processes of
constructive internalization and externalization. Patterns of
decorations – ornaments – are relevant as redundant “inputs”
into the internalization/externalization processes.
Ornaments can be viewed not merely as "aesthetic
accessories" to human activity contexts but as holistic
devices of cultural guidance of human conduct that
acts through the subjectivity of personal feelings. This
guidance is peripheral in its nature – surrounding the
ordinary life activities with affectively oriented textures
of cultural meanings.
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