The realm of intangible cultural heritage and oral traditions is the natural expression of the artistic action, because it is lively culture, high expression of a community’s identity, which cannot live in an ephemeral present.
In this sense, the expressions of intangible heritage are artistic actions, as higher and necessary manifestations of a community’s identity embodied in a-temporal forms, revealing the inner life, synthesis of cultural timeless relations with their fathers stretched to their children. Living traditions are not crystallization of cold past forms, but they are interpreted new forms that mix and surround the intercultural society.
I Art is a celebration of tradition and invention of the same tradition. It does not refer to the past, but to the changing forms of living memory in the present, to the creation coming from ritual in which we recognize ourselves and which we accept the inheritance. Changes allow us, over time, to approach this mysterious inheritance of us to ourselves (Louis Juvet). Change as evolution of a tradition interpreted in the present, which becomes tradition itself.
The artist’s fundamental role emerges in the society (Beuys), because he is called to create new shapes, consistently with the techniques and the spirit of the past, adding new hidden meanings, also personal and contemporary. It needs to retrace the historical journey to interpret it in the present, showing how from the experience of realty and from memory it can be developed a completely new form, the form of the authentic life and of the organic culture.