April 19th, 2006

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[User Picture]From: bryguypgh Date: April 19th, 2006 - 01:16 pm (Link)

intentional interaction with audience symbolic representations

There's a conservative definition of art - musty oil paintings in museums and the like. If you have a more new-fangled definition of art that has to do with challenging your audience, you must reconcile it with this conservative definition (i.e., the most boring painting in the Louvre must fit your definition) or else you're just neologizing.

Here's my attempt: art is media designed with an intent to interact with symbolic representations in the mind of the audience. From this definition:

* abstract art is still art, it's typically messing with your symbolic representation of art.
* paying for a box of pop-tarts is not art because even though you must interact with the symbolic representations of "cash" "poptart" and "automatic checkout machine" in your mind and that of any bystanders, the intention of the act is to gain sustenance, not to say something about those symbolic interactions. There is no accidental art, although accidents may be captured and represented as art.
* a realistic painting of something mundane (say a still art painting of some fruit) is art because it attempts to match your representation of the fruit, so it (trivially) interacts with your symbolic mental representation of fruit.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 20th, 2006 - 02:11 am (Link)

Re: intentional interaction with audience symbolic representations

I actually like that a lot. Have you read Understanding Comics?

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