Handbook of Research on Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.
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Chapter 27: Dochaku: artistic evolution at the confluence of cultures

Toshiko Oiyama


Originally an agricultural principle, the Japanese term dochaku, meaning ‘of the land,’ signifies a fresh idea from outside being adopted and adapted to suit the local environment, often to the point where it is eventually considered ‘indigenous’ to the locality. Employing this concept of dochaku as a perspective, this chapter explores how Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) and Pierre Alechinsky (b. 1927) developed their internationally recognized art practices by, among other means, internalizing and individualizing elements of traditional Japanese aesthetics found in its architecture and calligraphy, respectively. The individual negotiations in cultural interaction revealed in these cases illustrate a model of artistic evolution by dochaku-ka–the process of dochaku.

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