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1 Claude Levi-Strauss then... self-portrait (with monkey) in Brazil, Claude Levi-Strauss more recently... Paris,

2 The structure of signs (via Saussure and Peirce): various relationships between signifier and signified. SIGN Signifier (marker) Signified (referent, concept) Tree"tree"Symbol (arbitrary, linked by convention) "tree" Icon (relat. of resemblance) [*brush“tree” Metaphor (relat. of resemblance btw. diff. things)] seed“tree” Index (relat. of contiguity, cause) [*branch "tree" Metonym (relat. of part to whole)]

3 Nature/ Event (reality) / Parole/ Contingency/ External Culture/ (Particular) Structure/ Langue/ Necessity/ Internal The Levi-Straussian structuralist method: 1) define phenomena as relation btw. 2 or more terms; Modes of Scientific Thought 2) make a table of possible permutations btw. these terms; Levi-Strauss, p ) make the table your object of analysis. Bricoleur/ Mythical Thought Artist/ Art Engineer/ Science synchronic diachronic *Work mostly via the concrete: produce limited signs (mediate images and concepts) by interposing culture with direct perceptions. *Work within a fixed, closed, structure of categories. *Use events to create structure: “new arrangements” (ie., myths). *Move from diachronic to synchronic: means and ends cyclically related. *Work mostly via the abstract: produce concepts (transp. to reality) *Work with an open structure, addresses universe. *Work primarily via metonyms: replace one thing for another, *Use structures to create events, tries to break out. *Move from synchronic to diachronic: means and ends linearly related. synchronic diachronic Primitive art Western academic art *Create “aesthetic emotion” by balancing structure and event. *Always impose on external events internal structure of categories. *Work primarily via metaphors: discover homologous structures between disparate things. *Produce a homologous image (vs. the real thing). Ritual: Conjoins/ symmetrical Games: disjunctive/ asymmetrical “axis of opposition” (p. 20)


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