On the Hybridization of Artistic Genres
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
One of the most clever ways to use a newly perceived idea is to apply its concept to another format or genre. One can also combine genres in an infinite number of ways. One can also take ideas from one genre and apply them to another or combine genres and apply ideas to the new hybrid. It is also possible to take foreign ideas that have been used in another type of art form and apply them to completely different art forms. This process allows for a creative work to have fresh material while still maintaining a ring of familiarity.
When combining genres, one should be very careful and selective with the process required to perform this operation. Sometimes the various stylistic elements of a particular genre need to be carefully dissected in order to find appropriate aspects that may be either extracted and inserted into another genre or used as a foundation or template on which to place foreign elements from other genres. It should be remembered that each genre is a careful selection of artistic elements that have been used over and over again and have managed to find a certain kind of creative formula that rings true in the souls of many of those who enjoy experiencing creations of that genre. Creating a successful hybrid that also elicits this response is a feat that is not easily accomplished.
Thus, it should be realized that most attempts with any sort of hybridization are more than likely not going to be as well received as a new creation that can be considered as belonging to a specific genre. However, if this process of combinatorial endeavors is successful, then something wonderful and magical is created and the whole world benefits. It is like a bridge has been built that spans the width of a great chasm because the new hybridization can now be used as a blueprint for future creations to link the newly combined idioms together.
Once the bridge over a massive canyon has been built, it becomes very easy to walk to the other side.
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons