Young Ki Kim (South Korea)


Young Ki Kim (South Korea) - MA graduate from Kangwon National University

Nietzsche's body philosophy and hip-hop as a way of life (Presentation)

Presentation Language: English

According to Nietzsche, art is the product of the inner will and impulses of man and the repetition of the struggle and reconciliation between opposing impulses. Nietzsche explains this by dividing it into Apollonic and Dionysian arts. Unlike Apollonic art, which boils down to light, completeness, and dreams, Dionysian art brings about in imperfectness, impulse, and madness. These two different attributes merge into one through the entertainment of the intoxication, a feature of the art of ancient Greek tragedy. Dionysian art now exercises creative activities that form their own worlds, not just aesthetic experiences. The Dionysian artist exhorts us to have the art of staying in the virtual world and keeping a distance from it at the same time, being in reality and distancing ourselves from reality, and through the practice of that technique, we are able to encounter and transform our own painful realities. For Nietzsche, Dionysian music is expressed with a will, stimulating the human body and mind, making him dance instead of walking and singing instead of talking. I reinterpreted it as a musical genre called hip-hop. The genre of music called hip-hop is similar to Nietzsche's philosophy of art, especially to Nietzsche's thinking of music. Nietzsche has seen humans sing and dance to express themselves as members of a higher community and says that this perfection of the world has nothing to do with individual intellectual levels or artistic culture. In fact, one of the biggest characteristics of hip-hop is that everyone is available and there are no conditions needed for participation. Hip-hop is open to everyone and there are no conditions for participation, such as property or cultural level. The participants just get together and express themselves in their own way. In the process of doing hip-hop, participants have a sympathetic attitude toward the pain of each other through mutual understanding across borders, races or rich people. This tells us that hip-hop is not just a musical genre, but a philosophical lifestyle.