Re: A&S projects?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Coblaith Muimnech <Coblaith@...> wrote:
>True, although the specificity of that date is relatively recent...English Country Dance (1651 and later) and some other things have been grandfathered.
> Jeffs/William wrote:
> > As for the scope: since the SCA is focused on pre-mumble
> > civilization, anything after (at latest) 1650 will be a hard sell. . .
> The start date for the S.C.A's core period is somewhat vaguely
> defined. The end date is not. Anything from after 1600 is out of
> period for us. That's clear in our organization's governing
> documents <http://sca.org/docs/#govdocs>.
I was in the process of writing a rather longer response to this ("Back when I joined the SCA, period was set as 100 years before the present date..."), when I realized there's actually two different types of A&S here.
First, reproducing something that existed in period: the Peacock dress, a suit of armor. For a reproduction, the 1600 date is a hard limit: you don't reproduce something that existed after 1600 *as* a reproduction.
But there's a second category: using period techniques to produce something that could have existed. This is most obvious in the intangible arts: someone who creates a new Italian dance or a sonnet is doing this.
Here the gray is a lot grayer. For example, consider Pascal's adding machine (1640). It's 40 years post-period, but there's nothing about it that is inherently non-period. As da Vinci shows us, it's entirely possible to be centuries ahead of your time; a couple of generations is nothing.
Personally, I give more credit to the latter, done properly (though at the same time, you have to work harder to convince me that you *have* done it properly). It takes a great deal of skill to reproduce something. It takes a great of understanding to use create something that could have been done in period. Again, you have to convince me that you've done it properly: it's not enough to say X and Y existed in period, therefore XY did. You have to convince me that putting X and Y together would make sense to someone in period.
Jeffs/William the Alchymist