Spaciotemporal Affinity in Toru Takemitsu and Peter Doig

By Karl Madden.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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In this comparative study, conceptual and psychological affinity of painter Peter Doig and composer Toru Takemitsu is presented in theoretical contexts. Two works—Doig’s “White Canoe”, and Takemitsu’s “Dream Window”—are the subjects of this article. The focus of this article is the spaciotemporal nonlinearity in both works. The techniques that achieve spaciotemporal nonlinearity are examined and discussed. Absence, void, and stillness are key elements. Contextual treatment of figures (human figures in Doig; musical motifs, textures, and timbres as figurative devices in Takemitsu) are examined. The participatory role of audience imagination is a unifying conceptual thread.

Keywords: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Painting, Music, Spaciotemporality, Nonlinearity, Psychology

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.21-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.431MB).

Prof. Karl Madden

Assistant Professor, Librarian, Department of the Library, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, USA

Prof. Madden is an Academic Librarian at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York), Brooklyn NY. He has Master’s degrees in Library Science, and in Music (Guitar Performance). Research interests include Music, Visual Arts, Education, History, Collection Development and Cataloging in Libraries. Raised in a college town in Oregon, and having lived in many places, including London, England, he has been, by turns, a professional musician (guitarist and teacher), teacher of English-as-a-Second-Language in Japan, and Academic Librarian. In addition to academic research, his interests include songwriting and recording, visual art (drawing and painting), reading, and traveling. He seeks international cross-cultural enrichment.