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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Luiza Bonato
Luiza Bonato
10 days ago

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

Justice
Justice
1 month ago

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

Luisa
Luisa
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Fernanda Wordell
Fernanda Wordell
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
23 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Why are we so obsessed with happiness?

Jonas Gabriel
Jonas Gabriel
1 month 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
23 days 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
1 month 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 1 month ago by Pietra Cunert
sophia abreu
sophia abreu
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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™
1 month ago

Really Nice.

Catharine
Catharine
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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..
2 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
2 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.

Josh Jones
Josh Jones
1 year ago

Art is such a broad topic. Three measly paragraphs are not enough about what art is!

Bintang Perkasa
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Josh Jones

Yes indeed. Should we continue the discussion then?

Fransisca Retno
Fransisca Retno
4 years ago

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
Brian
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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
Dono
4 years ago

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
Matea
4 years ago

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
Psylendra
4 years ago

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
Galya
4 years ago

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
B
4 years ago

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
Amp
4 years ago

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

Vince85
Vince85
4 years ago
Reply to  Amp

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

Mr. Boner
Mr. Boner
4 years ago
Reply to  Vince85

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?

Martin Jr.
Martin Jr.
4 years ago
Reply to  Amp

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.