Thursday, January 18, 2007

Paper Dart fits Art definition

I will try and make a work of art fit this criteria.
A paper dart (aeroplane) works I think.
1. is human activity of no practical purpose (teacher says) and is something new.
2. included a message to the girl in the front row.
3. communicated more than intended.
4. included a reference to plans of expansion!
5. initiated a pleasant reaction and made her turn round.
6. this causes teacher to order confiscation of dart.
7. unintentional result ……..lively reaction!
Well not very convincing but you try!

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4 Comments:

Blogger eolake said...

Quite so. The definition is a bit on the broad side.

10:51 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

I intended no criticism of your definition, it is a very good one. Artists and people who work in arts and so many people who have time have argued over the definition of art and whether a particular object is art. It often ends in tears and one is no closer to the truth. Art Forums on the internet are a testament to this. Nevertheless your contribution will make us all think again about what we are doing.

9:45 am  
Blogger chris miller said...

Glad you're back at the keyboard, Robert.

I prefer the original usage of 'art' -- as a word that's only the first part of a phrase - like "art of beekeeping", "art of love", "art of war" - or "art of European figure sculpture" etc. (allowing that "art" is arguably "arts" in each of those usages)

I don't care what an unmodified "art" might mean -- just as I don't
"love aesthetics in the broadest possible sense" (as Eolake has written)

If aesthetics is not about the kind of beauty that drives me crazy -- why should I care about it?

11:48 pm  
Blogger marlyat2 said...

"If aesthetics is not about the kind of beauty that drives me crazy -- why should I care about it?"

Chris has a sort of Yeatsian streak!

2:37 pm  

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