Q: Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?
A: Firstly i would like to explore the idea of our need to ‘Define’ something. The moment we give in to this idea, then the process is merely a bound exploration in our cognitive framework or ‘Human’ scale.Subjective or objective are both sides of the same coin. Our mind is in a constant state of dynamics,transition some may call it.It is stemming not only from the cognitive/non cognitive influences that immediately surrounds it, but there is a larger energy cycle at play, which manifests at various levels of this transition, attaining variety of forms. We generally call it the ‘Current state of Mind’.
The basic intellect of the mind is in its inherent nature, is insecure. It is constantly looking to attach identity to everything that surrounds it. That is the basis of perception and later comes the entire layering of values that we attach to our perception, for which we have names or ’ Definitions’.
So from the human perspective, art can be seen as a phenomenon of human endeavor, that is linked directly to this very perspective framework created by human psyche.
I definitely do not agree to the holistic understanding of art as ‘Agreeable’ or ‘aesthetically appealing’.
I rather feel, that Art as we know, is a limited series of formal expression.( be it in music, visual art, performance, dark arts, lifestyle effectiveness, capacitive uniqueness etc) When i see the european cave paintings of 10 centuryBC, and the ‘Ikkat’ graphics of Indonesia that developed about a century later, and agian the ‘Patola’ weaving prints of Gujarat, India, there have these graphics pattern that has striking resemblance to each other. None of these civilizations had direct links to each other, yet, in their formal expression of art, we see the same patterns repeating itself.
I believe that the creating forces of the universe, a story/truth not completely known to us, has a way of movement. It is a pattern that different life forms(humans, animals, other creatures) read, identify and react in their own perception language. What do we seek?
The question of 'Ordinary and ‘extra ordinary’ is thus simply a change of perspective frame. Art doesn’t make the ordinary into extra ordinary, rather it is simply bringing us close to the realities of the ordinary, which we then find extra ordinary!
As the mystic poet Rumi said " Silence is the language of God, All else is poor translation"
I hope i ve added some positive meaning to this very interesting conversation/question.
24 Apr 2018