What is Art’s role in Society today?

It has long been taken for granted that Art is present in all aspects of human activity and culture. That Art has roles in society. One role of Art is that Art expresses the emotions and struggles of the society it exists within, and inspires society to cope and even overcome.

But increasingly in some corners of global society we see that society feels that Art has become distant from every day life, that people begin to feel that Art no longer inspires them and has nothing to do with their real, every day lives. Are we okay with this?

So what is the role of Art in today’s society? Do we really need Art to inspire us in our daily lives? What works and objects do we consider to be Art, and does Art still have a place in today’s “modern”, cosmopolitan World?

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Fransisca Retno
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Dear admin, which art do you question about? art is very wide and complex. There is traditional art, performing art, performance art, visual art, modern art, urban art, contemporary art, aesthetics, and many more. Those arts have different meaning. Then which society are you mention about? can be you as the urban individual represent the society with your personal experience? How about people in the village area? There high quality art and low quality art and those are still art. About these high quality art are being followed by the increase of economical value (read: price or money) that is… Read more »
Brian
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First of all i wonder to know about your perception, the first question that came to my mind was,” what’s your point about the art terms?”, if you had learned the history of art before , you should look back to the western art periods which it had nothing to do with money, it walked together with religion, science even social movement side by side, so the benefit of art could stimulate the people’s mind to get to a “better living”. Speaking of The sustainable in art, it can ( or must) be achieved by the hard work and consistency… Read more »
Ferdi Zebua
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I’ve been expressing myself using some jpeg memes lately… some copied from others, some I’ve remixed from others, etc.,etc.,…

Something came to my mind just now: Art requires Trust; both from the Artist to the Observer, and from the Observer to the Artist.

Absent trust, everything is Suspect. This, obviously includes all Art. (Or Forms of Expression, if you will.)

Dono
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Hi guys, I have read your dialogue from top to the last, and i think the conversation is blaming money for an art deterioration on this current time. Yeah the exploitation consume on this world seem kind of a problem for art.
Let’s take an examples to get profoundly understanding the issue
How do you think about Michael Jackson, Did he make Arts? Was he an Artist?

Matea
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Is it save to say that art still have a role (at least for me), i can say that art keeps me sane in this crazy material world. it makes me believe that we still have hope in this “cruel” world. but just how many people still aware of this role?
more so.. does it matter if the artist is making his/her art for money or not? can an artist “pretend” to make art? can we – as audience – differentiate between those whose intentions are pure and which is not?

Psylendra
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Arts become distant from our every day life is perhaps because of the lack of platforms for the Good Arts to flourish in societies. Arts should reflect to different issues and contexts (socio-economic,political, cultural) in order to be understood and enjoyed by societies. Unfortunately, we are living in thought controlled democratic societies where our interpretations and understandings about the world have been manipulated by the major media corporations for a decade. and that applies and impacts the creative industries too. The good news is that Good Arts are still around us, it just requires extra efforts in order to find… Read more »
Galya
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hey guys, i’m new to this web, and am glad to have come crossed it. what you’ve discussed is really important here. just wan to go back to the question raised in the beginning: what is the role of art today? if i may rephrase it: does it still have its roles? do we know what the roles are, or were? are we OK if art today is just a way to make money? is that still art? someone suggested to have a look at the interview section on this web, but after i went thru the site i think… Read more »
B
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from my personal view, art always stand for the people (the artist himself and society), not about money nor about art.

For me, the crucial question is what quality an artist must have?

and i think it has a thousand ways to earn money other than art.

Amp
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now then.. should we, or can we differentiate between art for art and art for money?

Martin Jr.
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Hi Amp and Vince.

I am happy to be involved in this discussion. As far as I know, “Art for Art” is a work which is an expression and has basic character of knowledge, reality, and existence that is interweaved within whole unity aesthetic experience; as well as carrying an idea that arts have values and its own way, it separates from the theme like religion, morality, history, politic and other hidden purpose. I think these are able to distinguish between “Art for Art” from another.

Vince85
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Hei Amp, is there art for money.? Then we’re really confuse..

Mr. Boner
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I don’t think there’s an art for money, however we have seen recently that many people becoming art as their source of income. Perhaps that what Amp meant. Any other opinion, mate?

Alan Zagoev
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So how to make arts living without money?

Khutiel
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Brother Alan.. Art comes up from the process of struggling of human mind as well as involving individual emotional power that come through creative skills. Talking about creativity, I guess that such kind of thing is a huge foundation that immeasurable by “money”. I also think that without money, we still can do an art activity. Art can grow, develop, and survive without it as long as human still have their creativity and brain as well as enough skill to balance it.

How do you think, Brother???

Zach
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i read great interviews in this web, and they contain subjects related to what we’re discussing here; you should read them.

Alexander Bogdan
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yeah…Antigoni Goni said that if money is your goal then to be a musician may not be a good choice. lol

http://www.listentotheworld.net/interviews/antigoni-goni-the-volterra-guitar-project-and-beyond/

Alexander Kolarov
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But recently we can see on TV, so many people make money by being a musician as their choice

Nico
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Now we’re really talking here! I’d just like [to ask you (Ed.)] one thing, and let you take a pick from two fundamental choices; what is the artists’ endeavor really? to make a living thru arts? or to make the arts living? your choice tells you what you are.

Pak De
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I guess the artists’ endeavor is to make a living thru arts, but is it wrong? whilst making the arts living without fund (money) would be useless as well. Any other way how to make the arts living without it? explain me, mate…

Nico
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most people would need money to buy [just (Ed.)] about anything; even to get a candy we would need money, right? i was referring to what motivates anyone to pursue a certain profession, not just artist. do you want to become a doctor to help people or to make a fortune? of course anyone could become a rich doctor, whether they aim at being rich or not; but who do you consider a true doctor? the one who wants to help people or those who run after money?

Pak Bendot
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Ok, I see that. Clear enough to me. I can’t deny your explanation

MeekA
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Just the other day, some of my friends discussed about “What is Art” in our school mate group. I think nowadays we have to rethink and be more careful of the true meaning of art, because to me the definition of art in society has become blurred, much of it relates to fame and fortune, and that’s a pitty. The discussion also makes me think, how do you define what is “art” and what is not? I have my own opinion that art should not or not supposed to be about money, reputation or popularity, but honestly, sometimes in the… Read more »
Simon
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yes its right, the art not supposed to be with money. Beside the artist has to know how to manage his/her financial issue very well, without leave the standpoint of making the arts. Therefore i may say, what an Artist does same like what an entrepreneur does. i think this subject is kind of another layer from the current issue. 🙂

Mr. Wanker
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So, if art shouldn’t be about money and popularity, do we have to blame for those who make art as the source of their income and popularity? Let alone nowadays we can’t deny that so many artist, singers, and dancers are becoming art, such as music as their way to raise more popularity. Even though not all of them like that.

MeekA
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My statement is not to blame anyone, and it is their choise to look for money or profit through the artist’s talent. But I still think we have to know which art is “pure” and which is not (or should I say, “pop” art)

Max
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good critiques, you woke me up. perhaps arts have undergone the process of finding their new ISM, and i think Confusion-ism (not from Confucius of course) or Monetarism should fit right in.

Pak De
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I agree with Kuthiel, recently we have seen that people want to be popular quickly and earn money by joining programs that have related to the art, for example music and art talent show. They do and show their ability in performing music, however their main aims are not because they love art and music, but solely to raise more money and popularity. So in this case, I do agree if nowadays music and art have become consumer goods rather than human creation

Kuthiel
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Just recently, a rock music concert in Paris was attacked and/or victimized by the act of terrorism. I remember the time, in the 1960s and mid 1970s, when music (not just rock) and other art forms were instrumental in fighting industrialism, discrimination, racism, and war… yes, war! It’s ironic that today music has become the helpless victim of what it was against, but at the same time it makes sense since most arts have become consumer goods rather than human creations that force us to stay human.

Bo
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Art does play an important role in society, particularly for those whose life is always connected with art, either artists, musician, composer, and becoming art as their inspiration, even for someone who is not too interested in art, there must be something that make them think art has a role in their life.

Vince85
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Please check Ai Weiwei exhibition! He proves that arts still have a role in society. What do you think?

http://www.listentotheworld.net/news/ai-wei-wei-exhibition-at-royal-academy-of-art-london/

BP91
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i agree with you Vince85, Ai Weiwei always create art that inspire and support society.
He always respond to the issue of his surrounding context, which make it easier to understand yet powerful. Also, as an artist and activist he really understand the struggle of himself and society. I think that’s the reason why his art has so many layers.

Jacob
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To me Art is one kind of works which it buttress the thought and purposes, if it still has nothing to do with profit or consumer interest, i may call it’s an Art.

Vince85
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I love to look for inspiration from the arts, but often find it difficult to relate to the artists and his work.

But.. Arts always make me think!

Bntg
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From my personal view, today’s”art” and its role is in the lowest level, yet i still often experiencing nostalgic moment when i hear a song that i don’t like, and still feeling entertained with mural surround me.

Well, in the end like i said, today’s art is in the lowest level which means that i rarely seeing art as a powerful tool to inspire people on daily basis.

It’s crucial to questioning the artist about his role rather than the art itself.

TriP
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lately i think art has become something exclusive and not for the people.
is it because we don’t have the same ideals anymore?
or maybe the artists doesn’t respond to what the society feels?
or is it because we don’t know what art is anymore?

Heisenberg
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Well yes absolutely.

When I go to work I listen to song in my car, when I got boring I play my ukulele, and when my mind got stuck on someting, I watch movies and read the magazine.

Those are really inspire me on the daily basis.

But are those art?

Komang Astita
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Nothing of those are art if there is no feeling and communication intensively.

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