An Intercultural Process, a New Definition
Since her long sojourn in Tokyo/Japan (in the
early 80s) Claudia Hirtl has investigated the connections and intersections,
the approximations and differences, which make visible a continuous
process, the translation and new connotations of notions and images
appearing in and between cultures.
In Tokyo Hirtl studied Nihonga (literally, "Japanese
image, pure mineral pigment on paper"), Japan's most important
tradition of painting. In the philosophy of the Kyoto School Hirtl
found a conceptual premise for an encounter between Japanese philosophy
and sign language on the one hand, and Western abstraction on the
other. The Kyoto School connects traditions of East Asian thought,
especially Zen Buddhism, with Western, European phenomenology, and
thus it promotes an intercultural way of thinking.