What is Art’s role in Society today?

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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?

*originally published on August 3, 2015

illustration by Bintang Perkasa

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arthur
arthur
8 days ago

I think art today isn’t just draws and things like that, art is dance, songs, movies, games, sports, everything that make people happy is a type of art to me.

Carolina
Carolina
8 days ago

Art is very subjective, it depends on each person’s perspective. I think that art is very important to society today because it helps to develop people’s creativity. The artistic area is also where we can express ourselves without fear and in very different ways.

Ana Alice
Ana Alice
9 days ago

Art is a very subjective topic because everyone has their own beliefs and feelings. In philosophy, Aristotle talks about the catharsis process, wich is soul purificantion. So in my opinion, when someone does art, it’s about let youself be free and express what are your feelings in the moment, therefore it possibly can take a weight of your shoulders. Of course, through the decades and centuries the meaning of art changes, in Middle Ages art was directly connected with cotholicism, in prehistory it was about painting their routine, etc. but one can conclude that all productions were important in their… Read more »

Yasmin S. Fabris
Yasmin S. Fabris
9 days ago

I believe that art is very important for all human beigs, it inspires and moves us. It is a way to demonstrate our opinios and feelings. That´s why we need it. Many can´t really have their voices heard, but through art everything is easier and possible.

Nawja
Nawja
9 days ago

Art is a reflection of how an individual sees the world, it’s like an outburst that touch and inspires other people, it makes people think deeply about any subject. That’s why it is important in any century, art is what makes us think outside the box, brings us comfort and anguish, art will always have a place in the world because it is what motivates us to live.

Sofya
Sofya
9 days ago

for me, art is a way of expressing yourself and showing the world who you are

Mariaa
Mariaa
9 days ago

Nowadays, art in our society is a way to express feeling and emotions in a more creative way, and share them with everyone. The feeling becomes an art, because it is a very strong and meaningful word. Art is culture, mores, feeling, expression. Art it’s Art.

Ana Carolina
Ana Carolina
9 days ago

Art has a very important role for society today. art has become a way of expressing oneself, of knowing oneself and in a way helping others to express themselves. It plays a very important role for people and each year art has been changing more and more.
Art is a way of expressing and translating feelings, generate empathy, know and feel the new. It is essentially subjective, the meaning of art is different for everyone who knows it.

Doreen Street
Doreen Street
3 months ago

I’m always happy when I meet a group of folk that realise art is not just about drawing or coloring a picture.
Thankful for all forms of creativity.
Music poetry sport and dance along with brilliant expressionism on canvas.
Sculpture needlework graphics ect ect ect etc.
It’s raining at my place today thankful to see my created garden enjoying a heaven sent drink.

Luiza Bonato
Luiza Bonato
5 months ago

For me art can be everything, it’s a way to express your feeling and thoughts in a creative way.

Justice
Justice
6 months ago

What we need to do is to imagine life without art.

Trinity
Trinity
2 months ago
Reply to  Justice

I think about this quite often, it really does make you realise how beautiful the world is

Luisa
Luisa
6 months ago

For me art is what makes sense you, touch your heart, make you happy, like a song, a book or a dance, we always think that art is so far away for us, but no; is in our side, look for that feeling when you see those kind of things.

Peter
Peter
6 months ago

Art is a form of expressing oneself in a manner to which you can’t be judged or wrong.

Fernanda Wordell
Fernanda Wordell
7 months ago

In my opinion, today people consider art everything that is beautiful to the eyes, but I believe that art is what touches our hearts. Therefore, it is more present in our daily lives than we imagine, so we need just slow down, look around, and we will find a sensation, which is not necessarily happiness, but peace and hope, that still exists inspiration in the world to move on despite difficulties.

Nicole Mendoza
7 months ago

Nowadays art is a general concept, some poeple consider that everything is art, others, almost everything, thats why I think that art is no longer valued like It should be. From my point of view a lot of things have an artistic touch, just like paintings, nature, the landscape, but mostly, our world, images or paintings thhat represent how our society was and what we have have achieved until now, with all the good and bad things. Because for me art doesn’t has to be beautifull, but truthful.

Bintang Perkasa
Admin
6 months ago
Reply to  Nicole Mendoza

Interesting opinion you have there Mendoza. As you said, Art is very much related to our aesthetical experiences of everything happens surrounds us. In other words, Art is a symbol to express the experience (personally or collectively). With this in mind, however, could we really consider everything as Art…. or not?

Shiva Singh
Shiva Singh
6 months ago

art is an unconscious expression and the few who acknowledges its presence become pro-artist and the rare who understand the underlining meaning become masters, creator like davinci, Picasso, Van gogh, Einstein, Tesla, Aryabhatta.

Maria Luiza Pilonetto
Maria Luiza Pilonetto
7 months ago

Art isi everywhere, like songs, paintngs, sculptures and other things that influence us. I believe that we should enjoy the art that makes us happy.

Suttasoma
Suttasoma
7 months ago

Why are we so obsessed with happiness?

Jonas Gabriel
Jonas Gabriel
7 months ago

Art is anything you want it to be, it can also be way to express yourself, your feelings, your thoughts, as I said, art can be whatever you want it to be.
Art is present, everywhere, every day.

Shiva Singh
Shiva Singh
6 months ago
Reply to  Jonas Gabriel

i feel art is only present if we acknowledge otherwise it is nature you might like to call it art but still it is not art until you consciously perceive it as an artwork because apparently its a social construct which makes you see more than what really is there. That is how artist make paintings and sculpture that challenges contemporary science. However, Art has most effectively exposed difference between truth as a social construct and what really is there.

Pietra Cunert
Pietra Cunert
7 months ago

The art is really subjective, because there are some things that I can consider art and you don’t. Nowadays, we have a lot of possibilities and I venture to say that everyone has a little bit of art in themselves. We can get inspired by art everyday and everywhere, we just have to let it happen.

Last edited 7 months ago by Pietra Cunert
sophia abreu
sophia abreu
7 months ago

I think that art is important to us to quit out from the sad real life. So I think we need art to inspire us to want a better world, with good sounds and colors.

Suttasoma
Suttasoma
7 months ago
Reply to  sophia abreu

But sometimes art can also help us face the social and political problems that we have, not only run away from it.

Case in point, Indonesia in the 19th to 20th century are filled with eye pleasing and exotic paintings that were called Mooi Indie (Dutch word for for beautiful Hindia). Made for tourism, a painter named Sudjojono finally used that term for aesthetically beautiful paintings that turn their back on the reality of Indonesian people who are suffering because of Dutch colonialism. Hence a new wave of a art was born after the criticism.

Alanys Mello
7 months ago

Art helps us to face bad times and make the good ones better. It is essential for a more “happy” and creative life.

Luiza Colussi
Luiza Colussi
7 months ago

Art can be anything in our modern society. It’s a form of self expression, it’s a way for us to see the world with different eyes. Art is part of our everyday lives, it’s everywhere, even if we aren’t paying enough attention to see it.

Alieska Müller
Alieska Müller
7 months ago

I really think that art has a huge place in our world. For me, art is literally in everything we see and live, from a painted wall in a city neighborhood to the television we watch. Art is about emotion, feelings, that people pass to one another.

LAUREN JARY DAL MOLIN
LAUREN JARY DAL MOLIN
7 months ago

I disagree with the author in the part that says “Art has become distant from every day life”, since we can see and apreciate art everyday and everywhere we go in the forms of street art, museums and even the music we listen.

Bruna
Bruna
7 months ago

I don’t think we need Art to inspire us in our daily lives, but we sure get inspired by seeing or listening to something that we like. I think that Art is and will always be very valuable and important in all societies, because it represents what we are, what we want and what we’ve been throughout.

Arthur Tiecher da Silva
Arthur Tiecher da Silva
7 months ago
Art is a way of expressing any kind of human feeling, using paintings, music, dance movements, among many others. We use it to make life more colorful and bring benefits physically and mentally. It also helps us to get out of the difficulties we face day by day, as a refuge, in addition to helping us to see society with different eyes.
Michel Marouani
Michel Marouani
7 months ago

For long, art was used to portray reality, everyday things, people, etc. But as photography started taking that place, the art had space to evolve, starting to mobilize and cause feelings, sensations and others. Art had its space to express our insides, our feelings and emotions, going deeper and deeper into the human existance. Portraying things more profoundly and not having this obligation of being accurate and realistic, having freedom to change and more importantly be subjective, that’s the magic!

Estela Candaten
Estela Candaten
7 months ago

Art is the way that human beings seek to express themselves and transmit culture, nowadays, it is fundamental, as it helps to make life more colorful in the midst of difficulties

Laís Fernanda
Laís Fernanda
7 months ago

Life is art. We write, we sing, we dance and we love music. If someone lives without one of these things, they are not actually living. The modern society has transformed art in many different ways, but we continue to express ourselves, and that’s it, art comes with the human being, and one depends on the other to exist. 

H. L. Poerschke
H. L. Poerschke
7 months ago

Art have a lot of different types, it can help us escape reality, or criticize it and change your view about the world. Usually, we use it to escape the reality, for we can not deal with everything that happens around us, especially nowadays, where we end up disturbed by several information that doesn’t even directly affect us.

Ana Clara Bergamo
Ana Clara Bergamo
7 months ago

Art has literally been part of our life since when we were children to our death, in all human history. Even if you dont appreciate an specific kind of art, you mustly consume it at some point. But the problem is that even consuming it all the time, society is not able to value, appreciate and support artists and their work, we idolize famous people but forget to support talented little artists who end up without the recognition they deserve for all their efforts.

Real Gugor™
Real Gugor™
7 months ago

Really Nice.

Catharine
Catharine
7 months ago

Art is a language responsible for ensuring communication and can be in the form of books, dance, music, films, paintings, architecture, among others. Currently it is very important as a form of expression, and distraction and should be more valued by the whole society.

Valentina Canalli
Valentina Canalli
7 months ago

I was actually thinking about that a while ago, when I had to write an essay about the limits of art. I mean, can you actually limit art? Art is what makes it possible for us to communicate with each other, what encourages us to think and question things. It´s not even possible to imagine our world without art. So, I believe that art in today´s society is extremely important (especially now in the middle of a pandemic) if not inevitable.

Bintang Perkasa
Admin
6 months ago

I think limitation is not always a bad thing. In fact, the reason why we are a social being in the first place, and consequently communicate with each other, have to do with our very own limitation. It underlines role and function.

Maria Luiza de Andrade Niemann
Maria Luiza de Andrade Niemann
7 months ago

Art today is one of the most importante things for humans beings, it enjoys knowledge and a certain significant freedom for the devolopment of knowledge. Through music, paintings, theaters, films, series and other, art goes beyond the reach of thoughts and touches people´s emotions. For me, art is beautiful and increasingly touching, be it technological or from years ago. 

Noice
Noice
7 months ago

The importance of art has been proven in all humankind’s history, it is the factor that makes us be ourselves. It has been the id card for many civilizations, and the role it plays in every country’s culture is priceless. It humanizes every single person, from the doodles of a child to the Picasso’s outstanding pieces of art. It tells the history of every intelligent living creature on Earth. It inspires us every day to do something great, it showcases the best in each one of us, it makes me really sad that art is not done because of the… Read more »

Ana
Ana
7 months ago

Art is every kind of expression, art its what make us feel something, make us feel happy… It should be more valued in our society, because without it, we wouldn’t be so different and that what makes us special.

James Baxter
James Baxter
7 months ago

I think art is what define us as humans and even evoluted species, our mind capacity allow us to create and interpret things in a unique way. We can´t see a painting and think about the ink only, or a music and think about the air shaking turning into a sound, we can go further and feel inside our heart what that means to us, we can connect it to a specific moment of our lives or a specific sensation, or we can understand what the creator was feeling and what he/she had to say to the world, and this… Read more »

Júlia Terres
Júlia Terres
7 months ago

Art is the way we all express ourselves, whether through drawing, music, painting, dance, theater or cinema. Art is life and should be more valued, especially because it is culture!

L.M
L.M
7 months ago

Art has always been very important for people´s lives, because it expresses everything that we cannot express verbally. Then comes the music, and the painting. Art is present in society both for a form of protest and to generate empathy. Due to its subjectivity, its meaning may vary from person to person.

Amanda Thomé
Amanda Thomé
7 months ago

The role of art in the society is huge, for the history of the humanity and also to bring beauty and emotions to people nowadays. Art is everywhere, and everyone should stop for a second to admire it.

Bintang Perkasa
Admin
7 months ago

Hi brothers and sisters, on behalf of the editorial team, I welcome you to the Listen To The World “Your Thoughts” section. This discussion topic is one of our oldest “Your Thoughts”, however, thanks to you all, we decided to revive the topic! It would perhaps open a new level of depth on how we should comprehend the role of art (and artist) especially in this uncertain times. Art(s) has indeed an important role in shaping the world around us as what you have already pointed out; as a form of expression, reflection, empathy, etc. Most of the time (not… Read more »

Pedro Siqueira
Pedro Siqueira
7 months ago

Art has a big role in society. If you think of it, in this quarantine process, we’ve been “consuming” a lot of art. Musics, books, texts, drawings and paintings, movies and other examples. For some people, it can be only entertainment, but that doesn’t define art. It is meant to convey a feeling in different ways, other than litteraly saying you’re happy, concerned…

Eduardo Bernardon
Eduardo Bernardon
7 months ago
Art is what brings tranquility and reflection to people's lives, being a leisure for the most, giving a better life. Art can be expressed in a variety of ways (music, painting...) and goals (protest, reflexion...), which shape many parts of today's society. Art will always be in the society life, because without it we wouldn't have the society in the way it is.
Gabryelle Morin da Silva
Gabryelle Morin da Silva
7 months ago

Art comes to translate feelings, generate empathy and even try to feel the new, think outside of what we are used to and see how universal feelings are.
It can also be a form of protest or statement of support, a symbol of resistance or involvement.
Just as art is a combination, its meaning is different for everyone who knows it.

Laura Pagnussat
Laura Pagnussat
7 months ago

art should be valued more today, as it can change people’s lives in many ways. be it creating art and exposing feelings and emotions, using art to have a better life, as a means of fighting depression, for example. But art changes not only the lives of those who create it, but also those who consume it. Books, plays and even paintings can touch people’s hearts.

Rafaella Constantin
Rafaella Constantin
7 months ago

Of course art has a place in the modern world, in fact what has changed its the use, nowadays they are more used as a decorative piece and we don’t stop to appreciate the work itself, the time the artist spent or his technique. These are no longer considered, just metters the aesthetic of the painting…

Pilar Escosteguy
Pilar Escosteguy
7 months ago

I think that Art has a really important role in our society, but, sadly, it has become a little distant from people nowadays. And yes, we really need Art to inspire us in our daily lives, because it can create new thoughts and reflections about everything.

Chiara Brun
Chiara Brun
7 months ago

Art is still one of the most important things in society even though people don’t always recognize how important it is. Art makes people feel alive, it allows people to express themselves and change people’s lives. Art comes in different shapes and can be and mean a lot of things. For me, art makes time stop and make me realize how life is amazing. Listening to a song, watching a well-made movie, or looking to a masterpiece means a lot to me. It can change my day, my week, or even my entire perception of life. I am sure I’m… Read more »

M..
M..
7 months ago

Art is an important way of expressing yourself,and even nowadays with all the technology becomes a form of entertainment and reflections to the society. Imagine a world without art, without poems, books, films, musics, dance, the colors of your paths, just a white life…

Maria Fernanda Herzog
Maria Fernanda Herzog
7 months ago

People that think art is not in our modern world certainly don’t watch tv, series, movies, or listen to music, because art is everywhere (thank god). Art it’s what makes us live, not only survive.