What is art?

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What is art?

  1. 1. If the definition of art
  2. 2. has developed over time,
  3. 3. and if it is defined as
  4. 4. 'a product or process
  5. 5. of deliberately arranging symbolic elements
  6. 6. in a way that influences and affects
  7. 7. the senses, emotions and intellect',
  8. 8. and also says that the word art
  9. 9. was traditionally used for skill or mastery,
  10. 10. but later as an intention
  11. 11. to stimulate thoughts and emotions,
  12. 12. and if according to David Bohm,
  13. 13. the original definition was 'to fit',
  14. 14. that the word art has come to mean
  15. 15. 'to fit, in an aesthetic and emotional sense',
  16. 16. but can also mean
  17. 17. 'fitting in a functional sense',
  18. 18. then taking those definitions together
  19. 19. you get the following ingredients for art:
  20. 20. 1. a product or a process
  21. 21. 2. skill or mastery
  22. 22. 3. fit together in a certain context
  23. 23. 4. affect senses, emotions, intellect in others
  24. 24. So far this is a definition of art
  25. 25. that describes a person to person thing.
  26. 26. One person has the skill to produce something
  27. 27. (a product or process that fits together in a certain context)
  28. 28. that affects another person.
  29. 29. But there is also an element of 'fitting',
  30. 30. or 'not fitting' in the whole of society.
  31. 31. And if art is about changing contexts,
  32. 32. going beyond what is known,
  33. 33. about seeing a 'new fit',
  34. 34. searching for new patterns
  35. 35. that are 'fitting in every sense',
  36. 36. then apart from the previous 4 ingredients
  37. 37. in the definition of art,
  38. 38. there is a 5th:
  39. 39. 5. a search for new patterns that fit in a greater whole
  40. 40. Something that goes beyond the individual.
  41. 41. A search for a new order
  42. 42. in the whole of society or beyond.

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