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The Value of Art and Culture in Everyday Life

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The Value of Art and Culture in Everyday Life 

Towards a suggestive Cultural Democracy 




Ever since the foremost forms of mass media, the contradiction of mass culture/ popular trades and high culture fine art has been a content of the debate. This discussion focuses on the value and use of different art forms and different sundries of and stations towards the purpose of art. Starting in the 1960s, studies on the value of popular culture entered further attention; for illustration, from sociological studies and the new exploration field of artistic studies(e.g., Willams 1958; Gans 1974, Escarpit 1968), a development that created a growing interest in the druggies. Further, the late ultramodern society and the development of media and technology created conversations on artistic emancipation( Ziehe 1986) and fluid identity( Giddens 1991; Bauman 2000) and, in artistic policy, talk about artistic republic changed the converse in utmost countries( Duelund 2003).


With the rearmost developments in mediatization( Hjarvard 2013) and digitization of culture, we’re passing a participation turn( Jenkins and Bertozzi 2008; Simon 2010), which again expands and challenges the way we suppose and exercise artistic policy, artistic strategies, and trades advocacy. 


History has given us a better understanding of people’s tastes and choices when it comes to 

art and culture( Bourdieu 1979; Gans 1974). It has further shown us that, despite this understanding, the democratization of culture has only to a lower degree dissolved boundaries or admired different tastes when it comes to people’s favored forms of culture( Peterson and Kern 1996; Bennett et. 2009; Magnet 2012). 


Despite all of these attempts to develop a broader understanding of culture and to admit different ways of passing, valuing, and sharing art and culture, the artistic policy continues to reproduce incongruities between high and popular culture, valuing the former 



over the ultimate. In Denmark, where the authors are positioned, a necessary artistic policy 

has dominated the twentieth century and continues to rule on late- ultramodern media and digital conditions, especially, but not simply, when it comes to children and youth. Exposure to high culture is still considered an educational way to foster children into able, creative, and adaptable citizens( Ministry of Culture 2014a, 2014b, 2014c). The tendencies are also seen in the emphasis on social addition and outreach, similar to exists in the UK( Kawashima 2006; Stevenson et. 2015; Belfiore 2002), where outreach refers to strategies developed to reach vulnerable groups and therefore contribute to social policy. Art and culture are infrequently understood as independent ways of passing meaning creation and creating value in everyday life. 



 When it comes to artistic institutions, artistic creation, and art lawyers, some of the 

 same tendencies manifest themselves. The American communication professor Joli Jensen 

 points to a wide agreement among American trades lawyers about what she calls a “ necessary sense ” 


 I set up calls for the trades to ever turn everyday people into an American crowd that could be trusted to tone- govern. This deep-seated distrust of the American public as it presently exists leads to an exaggerated faith in the possibility of the “ right ” kind of culture to produce( or restore) the “ right ” kind of citizen. In this way, art is defined as a non-mass-mediated artistic form that intellectualists appreciate and millions ignore. 


 Artistic institutions and their dispersion strategies do change, as they develop new 

 styles to present and recite the objects and stories they tell. This is, for illustration, seen in 

 the forenamed participation turn(e.g., Simon 2010), where artistic institutions develop 

a variety of options for druggies to share, frequently using new media to grease commerce. 


Still, a necessary sense, as described by Jensen, seems to dominate the artistic policy field, which makes us wonder. Why, after all these times of exploration, debate, turns, and developments, do we still calculate Cartesian incongruities and resistances? Why do we still maintain a necessary artistic policy perspective, which excludes the taste of the maturity of the crowd? When we take into consideration the artistic institutions ’ loss of authority, the artistic emancipation, and the participatory turn caused by media and digital technology, we might anticipate an artistic policy turn that points toward the donation to accommodations on meaning, with value in our everyday life as an independent purpose. 


Our everyday suggestive life is ruled by individual interests. The different interests gather 

and separate us as actors, cults, compendiums, listeners, and observers. Some prefer popular art forms, while others choose high culture. We each choose particular conditioning and gests because they make a difference to us — they contribute value and meaning to our everyday lives. 


Focus on the preliminarily noted studies has, to a large degree, concentrated on art forms and stoner groups. The conception of the artistic republic has worked as a way to admit and support a variety of artistic conditioning( Mulcahy 2010; Duelund 2003). In this composition, we argue for an expanded understanding of artistic republic, which not only acknowledges different tastes and societies but also includes the central perspective of giving voice and expression across interests and tastes in the perspective of what we might call a suggestive artistic Republic. 


 We anticipate that the tenacious valuation of high culture as being salutary to all is 

 wide as a way to legitimize the backing of artistic institutions, and contributes to a 

 dearth of arguments related to the independent value of art and culture itself. In this composition, our thing is to contribute to a new understanding of trades experience, which can serve as the point of departure for a turn of perspective on trades advocacy and artistic policy. Our point of departure is Joli Jensen, who was the first to draw our attention to this incongruity. 


We also include scholars who contribute to explaining the incongruity but also help us develop a new understanding that points to the independent utility and value of artistic gests. 



English, and German, he finds a complexity. In all languages, he finds terms similar as “ recreation ” and “ distraction ” connected to the conception. In Latin, the conception sinter tenere, which means to hold together or to maintain. Shusterman argues that “ The straightforward philosophical assignment inferred by this etymology is that a good, if not necessary way, to maintain oneself is to enthrall oneself pleasurably and with interest ”. Looking further into the complexity of the conception, Shusterman finds that the English and French terms of “ recreation, ” “ entertainment, ” and “ distraction ” point in the direction of being absorbed 



in the study, to wonder, but also to waste time. The generalities seem to hold a dialectic of both 

focused attention( to maintain oneself) and distraction( to lose oneself). Shusterman concludes that “ To sustain, refresh and indeed consolidate attention, one also needs to distract it; else attention drudgeries itself and gets dulled through humdrum ” 


 Entertainment as a productive dialectic of focused attention and diversion, attention 

 and distraction, serious conservation, and sportful recreation is the new notion he offers. It 

makes it possible to understand entertainment not as opposed to, but as a vital part of, art, popular culture, and everyday playing conditioning. Studying the conception’s line through a stint de force of textbooks from those by Plato and Aristotle, to those by Hegel, Kant, and Adorno, to contemporary critics who shape moment’s understanding, he explains why this productive dialectic during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries ended up simplifying resistances and incongruities. 


“ utmost artistic critics sprucely discrepancy art and entertainment relating the ultimate with idle pleasure-seeking and lower- class roughness ” Historically and traditionally, pleasure has been connected to the pleasure of the meat and thus stands opposed to mind and study. Shusterman argues that, with the secularization of the ultramodern world, art decreasingly came a place for holy contemplation. Poetics took over the part of the sacred textbooks and galleries replaced churches as apartments for enlightenment and spiritual thrill. 


As entertainment connotes pleasure of the meat and fleshly solicitations, it came in opposition to art and sacred contemplation. Shusterman’s arguments are primarily calculated on “ sound reason ”, but as a preface to his notice of Hannah Arendt’s view on art and entertainment, the outlines of an underpinning proposition on play and aesthetic experience are hidden. He underscores that pleasure “ stands out from the ordinary inflow of perception as a special aesthetic experience an experience that so absorbs our attention that it also constitutes an amusing distraction from the humdrum routine of life ”. 


The characteristics of pleasure, as Shusterman pinpoints them then, image the description of play(e.g., Huizinga 1949). Entertainment/ pleasure, we add, constitutes a break from everyday social routines in the same way as play, and activates an aesthetic perception mode, which creates new artistic gests bound to movements at the moment the then, and now. 


Shusterman further claims that “ pleasure is thick from the exertion in which it is 

educated ” When we interpret his work in the light of Play Theory, it involves a necessary dimension of active participation. If the conditioning isn’t framed and the break from social life is not fulfilled, full and focused participation in, and pleasure from, these gests isn’t possible. Shusterman ends up with the special social dimension related to these kinds of framed artistic gests. He claims that “ Aesthetic experience earnings intensity from a sense of participating commodity meaningful and precious together and this includes the feeling of participated pleasures ”. 


In his rearmost workshop, Shusterman argues that we need to consider the body as a thick part of all mortal perception. The body is a central part of mortal perception and performance and should be taken into consideration when we bandy art experience. Shusterman has developed what he calls somaesthetics as an interdisciplinary field that unites the cognitive and sensuous perception 


Art enchants us through its plushly sensuous confines, perceived through the fleshly senses 

and enjoyed through embodied passions. Yet philosophical aesthetics largely neglects the body’s part in aesthetic appreciation. structure on the pragmatist asseveration on the body’s central part in cultural creation and appreciation, somaesthetics highlights and explores the soma the living, sentient, intentional body — as the necessary medium for all perception. 

By emphasizing the fleshly perception, Shusterman also challenges the great emphasis on 

interpretation and converse in ultramodern society and gospel. About modes of cognition, he suggests a distinction between understanding and interpretation, where understanding is related to proximity and the unreflective, whereas interpretation is related to a further reflective form of perception. 


Shusterman is then in line with the erudite scholar Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, who follows 

the same line of argument in his book product of Presence. We’re living in a world dominated by meaning, Gumbrecht argues, where interpretation and hermeneutics are a central part of how we suppose and talk about the world. The thing of his book is to “ develop generalities that could allow us, in the Humanities, to relate to the world in a way that’s more complex than interpretation alone, that’s more complex than only attributing meaning to the world ” 


 In discrepancy to the wider meaning of culture, he introduces the conception of presence culture, a palpable, spatial, fleshly perception of the world. Like numerous other scholars included in this composition, he turns to medieval culture to find sundries and understandings, which help him develop the conception of the present culture. He also includes several scholars, especially Martin Heidegger and his conception of being- in the- world( Dasein), as “ mortal actuality that’s always formerly in — both spatial and functional — contact with the world ”. 


Gumbrecht doesn’t argue for a cancellation of the hermeneutic meaning culture but suggests a balance between the different modes of perception and knowledge product. As with Dewey and Shusterman, Gumbrecht points to the aesthetic experience as an oscillation between presence goods and meaning goods. Gumbrecht relates the understanding of presence to generalities as moments of intensity and epiphany and stresses that nothing is edifying in similar moments. Why, also, do we seek and value aesthetic gests, he asks? 


Because it gives us commodities that we can not witness in our everyday world, because 

we lose control, and because our desire for presence is “a response to an everyday terrain that has been come so exorbitantly Cartesian during the once centuries, it makes sense to hope that aesthetic experience may help us recoup the spatial and fleshly dimension of our actuality ” 


Both Shusterman and Gumbrecht argue that we need a new epistemology and that we eventually must secede from the heritage of Descartes. Another reason why this isn’t only intriguing but also necessary about artistic policy, artistic institutions, and trade advocacy is the development in the popular culture, more specifically in new digital media. 

The digital challenges In the composition “ Cultural Expression in the Age of Participatory Culture, ” media scholar Henry Jenkins and program director Vanessa Bertozzi( 2008) relate to “ a series of interviews conducted face to face, with videotape, and over instant messaging, e-mail and phone with seven youthful artists. ” They add up the results of their studies as a new participatory culture 


A participatory culture might be defined as one where there are fairly low walls to cultural expression and communal engagement, where there’s strong support for creating and participating in what one creates with others, and where there’s some kind of informal mentorship whereby what’s known by the most educated is passed along to beginners. It’s also a culture where members feel that their donations matter and where they feel some degree of social connection with each other at least to the degree to which they watch what other people suppose about what they’ve created. ” 


Although this description doesn’t differ from descriptions of children and youthful people’s 

classical play societies and playing communities, the authors conclude that these new participatory online communities and their guests “ may be reshaping what’s meant by art and by participation in the twenty-first century ” Jenkins and Bertozzi 2008, The composition serves as a warning for policymakers and artistic institutions. The online participatory culture is characterized by blurred lines between marketable and non-commercial art, patron and stoner, and between professional and amateur. According to the authors, trade institutions need to keep up with these changes, they need to review art, redesign art worlds, and review the digital and remake trades institutions( Jenkins and Bertozzi 2008). 


What’s going on in youthful peoples ’ creative and suggestive online communities is not 

only considered a challenge, but trouble against the classic artistic institutions. Jenkins and Bertozzi’s portrayal and description of these new types of participatory culture have been seen as both an alleviation and a challenge by experimenters. In the composition “ In and Out of the Dark A proposition about followership gests from Sophocles to Spoken Word, ” theater scholar Lynne Conner identifies “ an ever-widening interest gap between unresistant forms of high culture and more active types of entertainment that are moreover innately participatory or are connected to openings that invite participation ahead and after the trades event ”( Conner 2008, 4). The gap means that the live trades have lost touch with the popular or mass followership “ In theatres and symphony halls across America, it’s said; the followership has left the structure ” In general, experimenters ’ explanation for this development has refocused to a shift in consumer patterns. Conner doesn’t support this explanation. “ America cult, ” she argues, “ are veritably much as they’ve always been looking for analogous kinds of satisfaction from their artistic sources ” What has changed aren’t taste and consumer patterns, but “ the culture girding trades participation — what I label the trades experience ”. Jenkins and Bertozzi are advising trades institutions, whereas Conner follows up with an explanation of the gap between unresistant forms of high culture and more active types of entertainment that point to the entire traditional trades assiduity. The assiduity, she claims, “ has abandoned responsibility for furnishing — or indeed admitting — the significance of larger openings for engagement with trades events, particularly those that encourage an illuminative relationship ” 



To support this thesis and to develop new guidelines for the traditional trades assiduity, Conner takes her compendiums on an informed literal transformative trip, from the 

active participatory cult in age and during the Elizabethan period, in which the 

quality and value of theater performances was a decision made by the sharing cult, to the development of the unresistant attending cult dominating the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At that time, professional pundits of the press had the authority to choose, bandy, estimate, and recommend on behalf of the unresistant cult. Further to the future, she predicts the rise of new types of a youthful active cult that anticipate to co-author, interpret, bandy, negotiate, and estimate meanings and values from the artistic gests offered. 


The assignment she takes from the history of followership societies and presents as a challenge to the non-profit trades assiduity isn’t just to resuscitate and remake the old participative followership patterns. Such a return to former models isn’t possible, but some kind of institutional alignment would be necessary. According to Conner, the problem with attempts to produce active involvement is that they’re grounded on the same us them position as mentioned by Jensen, in which experts guide the illiterate. As with Jensen and Shusterman, Conner challenges the former authority of the experts, the educational one-way communication form between experts and druggies cult, and the incongruities between high and low art and culture. Her conception of late-ultramodern participatory 



cult and her advice on opening possibilities for authorizing and cooperation between experts and druggies in artistic institutions are modeled on Jenkins and Bertozzi’s description of late-ultramodern youthful participatory societies. moment’s consumption patterns make it clear that adult cults — like their forebearers — seek entertainment promoting the interplay of ideas, experience, information, feeling, and passion. They, too, seek the cognitive satisfaction that comes from the occasion to formulate and express an opinion in a public environment. Simply put, the moment’s cult is willing to spend their plutocrat and rest time on live entertainment that puts them in the position to share in, through, and around the trades event itself.


To contend in the artistic business of the twenty-first century, the non-profit live trades community must concede that followership-driven artistic metamorphosis is formerly underway – with or without authorization or blessing. The American cult of the twenty-first century, especially youngish patrons, are assiduously and happily engaged in the process of democratizing the trades. 


Both Jenkins and Bertozzi and Conner draw our attention to the change in artistic gests 

caused by new digital media. The digitalization and the mobility of media have redounded in 

the democratization of culture about art forms, taste, creativity, and product. Online 

conditioning allows people not only to have access to all kinds of artwork but also to use the technology to remix and interact with both high and popular art. People share because it’s delightful, it’s amusing, and it creates value for them in their everyday lives. also, and most importantly, it takes place without any doorkeepers telling people what to do. In our opinion, this doesn’t mean that people inescapably should have the same openings in artistic institutions, but it means that people have a different approach to art and culture and to the part it plays in their lives. 


Suggestive lives Towards a new form of artistic republic Both Jenkins and Bertozzi and Conner’s papers stem from the volume Engaging Art The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life, edited by steven. Tepper, professor of art and design at Vanderbilt University, and Bill Ivey, myth and former president of the National Endowment for the trades. In his preface to the volume, Bill Ivey stresses that “ the volume is an attempt to address the question of how to more understand the changing geography of 

artistic participation ”. “ How have technological, artistic, and demographic 

changes affected profits, and how might they respond to contemporary challenges? 

How can we stylish conceptualize participation to make art, art timber, and connections with 

art Associations part of high quality of life for all Americans? ” 



 Bill Ivey has, in several publications, been enthralled with these questions and offers a conception that seems productive for us, “ suggestive lives. ” In his donation to the British cross-party suppose tank Demonstrations leaflet, “ suggestive Lives ”( 2009), he characterizes the term suggestive lives as “ nothing new under the sun ” The expression draws in part on my training as a myth and the sense of community, heritage, connectedness, and history, embodied in the lore ’ sense of tradition. therefore “ heritage ” constitutes one half of suggestive life the part that’s about belonging, durability, community, and history; it’s expressed through art and ideas predicated on family, neighborhood, race, nation, and the numerous liaison that give securing knowledge that we come from a specific place and aren’t alone. “ Voice, ” the other half of our suggestive life, is relatively different a realm of individual expression where we can be independent, tête-à-tête accomplished, and smart — a space in which we can at times indeed challenge the conventions of community or family heritage. 



 “ Heritage ” reminds us that we belong, and “ voice ” offers the pledge of what we can come. Ivey coins the term “ suggestive life ” as a notice of the notorious conception of culture created by the British art critic, Raymond Williams. Williams defined the conception of culture as the dialectic between two sundries of culture the anthropological notion encompassing the whole way of life( heritage, traditions, and habits) and the aesthetic notion denoting fine trades culture with capital C). Ivey’s problem with this conception in an artistic policy environment is, first, that druggies and their guests with and within the trades are barred from the equation. Secondly, he considers Williams ’ notion of the trades to be experimental and argues that it excludes gests with and participation in popular trades and culture. Ivey’s answer to the challenge is to reframe the dialectic. He places art and culture as part of the anthropological notion of “ heritage ” and he places peoples ’ “ voices ” as the exertion that ensures and qualifies meaning with art and culture in everyday life. 


In the Demonstrations leaflet suggestive Lives( 2009), the editor and head of culture at the British suppose tank Demonstrations, Samuel Jones, summarizes the challenges created by “ suggestive life ” and the possible perspectives on an artistic policy position. Agreeing with Lynne Conner, he claims, “ We use new- set up powers of access to do effects we’ve always liked doing. New and aged forms of guests and preferences are part of the same continuum ” 


He takes as a prerequisite that “ technologies and the reanimated will of the public to share, shape and epitomize have changed the nature of artistic engagement ”. The combination of the same preferences and this news won’t only attend, but also share, and challenge both artistic policy and the artistic institutions. Both have to move from a model of provision to a model of enabling. However, also they miss the point If our artistic policy and institutions don’t grease expression by enabling us to share in shaping and bodying the culture of which we’re a part. Rather than simply communicating our culture and our heritage, our artistic and creative policy and institutions should help us to make use of them and produce new values for the present and the future. 


Accordingly, this renewed artistic policy will have the eventuality( 1) to reestablish the 

meanings and values of art and culture in everyday life; and( 2) to restore the meaning of 

artistic republic to society. From the foods that we eat to the images that we see, artistic forms and the creative choices we make are expressions of what we value and how we see the world. Like no other, the artistic and creative sector reflects and generates the values that make up our society. Ivey, Jenkins and Bertozzi, Conner, Shusterman, and Gumbrecht all find alleviation and understanding in history to identify artistic generalizations which aren’t only acceptable with moments of mediatized and digitized culture, but that also help us reconceptualize art and culture as a commodity that’s precious in everyday life. They take their point of departure from a time when the culture was part of everyday life, or from an understanding of culture( folk culture) 


 where culture and participation were thick. Ivey’s notion of suggestive lives 

connects history, community, and belonging( heritage) with individual lives in the present. In 

our point of view, “ Voice ” represents the existent who’s sharing in artistic conditioning 

and drawing meanings and values from the heritage, which makes sense in his or her life. 

The challenge seems to be that the development in society, caused by arising media formats, gradationally has created a more nuanced and appreciative view on all kinds of art forms, crossover formats, fora for participation, and ways of creating meaning. Still, these same developments haven’t set up their way into trade education, art review, and art institutions to the same degree as in popular culture. 




 We started out intending to develop a new understanding of culture and artistic republic, 

which could serve as an argument that artistic gests are precious in themselves. Our thing was to contribute to the corruption of the necessary sense that still characterizes artistic policy and arts advocacy. In this concluding section, we’d like to epitomize and bandy some points in our argument. 



First, this call for change in the way we understand and exercise artistic policy and advocacy is nearly linked to technological developments. Not because people inescapably anticipate 

tablets and touch defenses at galleries, but because our comprehensions, cognitions, and gusts change according to the new modes of engagement enabled by new digital media. Both Jenkins and Bertozzi and Conner( and numerous others) point to this fact. As argued by Conner, it isn’t the culture itself, but rather the culture girding us, which has changed. This change in gusts doesn’t only apply to youthful boys playing computer games. It applies to all of us, for whom commerce, entertainment, play, and connectedness are a part of our everyday life. also, this digital culture is, for the utmost part, a culture that takes place outside educational institutions, outside artistic institutions, and without doorkeepers and intercessors. 


 It’s a connected, peer-driven participatory culture, which is voluntary and enjoyable. 

While this new media culture may feel ultramodern, it bears numerous parallels with earlier forms of a culture characterized by pleasure, commerce, participation, collaboration, and community. We need to consider this culture and develop artistic programs and trade advocacies that allow some of the same kinds of commerce and collaboration that characterize media culture. We need to admit how media culture creates values in people’s lives, and develop ways in which all forms of art and culture can reassume a central position in our lives. 


Numerous of the scholars we’ve included in the composition draw alleviation from literal exemplifications or folk culture to find similar artistic communities. They seek times and places when participation and perception were integrated into everyday life, and when the ideas of entertainment, movement, body, and exertion were bedded into delineations of culture. John Dewey and his conception of art as experience is central to our argument. Dewey emphasizes that the experience that happens between the subject and the artwork is the work of art. What Dewey — and the scholars quoted before — argue is that, in their view, aesthetic gests are characterized by combining cognitive and sensuous comprehensions. Further, the aesthetic experience takes place outside of everyday life, not as a holy experience, but as a commodity that is situationally framed. Eventually, aesthetic gests are meaningful and precious, intensively educated, and bones to which we surrender. 


Gumbrecht and Shusterman would say that we lose ourselves for a moment. This description of aesthetic experience isn’t inescapably connected to art, which numerous scholars also stress and, about the media argument, could just as readily be applied to computer games or participation in online communities. What we can learn from the conception of aesthetic experience is an emphasis on both the framed situation in which it takes place and the degree of immersion or absorption which characterizes the experience. 


 Eventually, the amusing approach to aesthetic gests draws our attention to the veritable 

 moment and mode of perception. Both Shusterman and Gumbrecht argue that we need to 

 consider the aesthetic experience( the presence effect) as an anon-hermeneutic condition, which we witness with our body and senses. Aesthetic gests aren’t a cognitive illuminative exertion alone. As actors, we’re always in the world, sharing with our body, mind, and with all of our senses. The asseveration that the body is a central part of the experience invites artistic institutions to stimulate not only the mind and the cognitive perception mode but to include communicative and narrative strategies, which stimulate all senses. Then, it’s important to point out that Dewey, Shusterman, and Gumbrech view aesthetic gests as a combination of presence and meaning, understanding and interpretation, and mind and body. They don’t dismiss the illuminative approach but contend with the sensuous fleshly perception as being not only applicable but significant for the art experience if it’s to have meaning in our lives. 


In summary, we suggest that the conception of suggestive artistic republic unifies different generalities of culture and not only acknowledges but further stimulates an integrated use 

and understanding of high and popular culture. More still, this works for an artistic sector, 

in which scales are missing. still, a suggestive understanding of culture also 

means that art and artistic institutions must produce internal space for people to not only produce their meaning but also produce openings to use the “ heritage ” as a foundation for creating values in our everyday lives. 


 Eventually, a suggestive artistic republic acknowledges both body and mind as vehicles for aesthetic gests. A suggestive artistic republic is therefore an internal expansion of artistic republic, which allows people to produce meaning in artistic conditioning about their own life and their creative conditioning inside so-called high culture institutions. Consequently, artistic institutions and their collections should be seen and organized according to, a popular platform for swapping and negotiating to mean, as arenas in which both heritage and voice can interact. 

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