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Poch Peralta

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Are Art and Reality Opposites?

How real is art?
There is one thing realistic in art: Crime forensic photography. When there is possible evidence in victim's genitalia, the police photographer or ID technician is required to make photos appear as real and convincing as possible. And that is realistic art.

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    Oct 28 2013: Art is a part of reality. Real people make it, can observe or experience it, and potentially are changed by it. Art is real. Music is real. Dancing is real. Books are real.
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      Oct 28 2013: 'Real people... potentially are changed by it.'

      I think that was the strongest argument Fritzie. Thanks
  • Nov 26 2013: Reality, first of all, cannot be defined to fit a general definition for everyone. The physical world is not reality, it is merely a projection of the thoughts and perceptions of men. What an individual chooses to believe in is what reality is. Because we live in large groups, we need to believe in the same things in order to function with one another. That is called a society. If each individual did not subject himself to the laws and guidelines of their community, they would all be free to act in the physical world as they please, based on their own belief system and character.

    To go even deeper: Two men walking down a path come across a small spherical object unkown to both of them. 1st man calls it a rombal and gives it a definition based on the properties that he observes, the other one decides to call it shublu based on different properties of the object that he observes. They both get into a heated argument to determine which one of the two speaks the truth, and which one of their statements is "real". Who's right, who's wrong? In their heads, they firmly believe that they are right, therefore each one of them has his own reality. It's their perception of the object that makes the object real in itself in the first place, for, had they not seen it in the first place, it would be non-existent in their heads, therefore unreal.

    Now to the arts. Artists are usually those who can think outside the box. Outside the box of what is determined by a group consciousness as being real. Because if an artist didn't believe in what his mind was projecting, his/her art wouldn't be real and would be non-existent. Art is simply a different view of "reality/perception" in an individuals mind that is actualized in the physical world. So, just as the roots are as much of the tree as the tree is of its roots, art and "reality" are but one.
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      Nov 26 2013: It was like listening to a great philosopher's lecture Jean (I assume you
      are one sir). Very sharp and clear illustrations!

      'Art is simply a different view of "reality/perception" in an individuals mind that is actualized in the physical world. So, just as the roots are as much of the tree as the tree is of its roots, art and "reality" are but one.'

      That was resolute and very convincing. You did not say 'not opposites' but resolutely declared them 'one'.
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    Oct 30 2013: dear,
    All the world is a work of ART. isn't the world real?????
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      Oct 30 2013: Dear Honey
      That was sharp. But there was a philosopher that said everything is illusion,
      i.e., everything we see now will be gone tomorrow (in the future).
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    Oct 29 2013: Art and reality are concurrent truths that need not be the same nor be opposites. Art helps us to visualize, create and that gives us the future which then becomes our new reality - awaiting new art to take us further.
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      Oct 29 2013: '...gives us the future which then becomes our new reality - awaiting new art to take us further.'

      That was a far-reaching view Mr. Pasricha. Thank you.
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    Oct 29 2013: Poch art is as real as the rest of reality. You can perceive it through your senses.
    Now, one could question how real is reality, but that's a different topic.
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      Oct 29 2013: And your new question is brilliant Harald. I'll possibly mention it in my TED ideas.
  • Oct 28 2013: Poch,

    Are you asking about the representation of reality in Art? Otherwise, have to agree with Fritzie, Art is part of our reality/environment and affects us at the emotional level.
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      Oct 29 2013: Right Wayne. I agree with you and Fritzie.
  • Nov 25 2013: Art and reality have some kind of relations, which means that it is meaningless to say whether the art and reality is opposite or not. Rather, I think that art is just one way to express artist's emotion and the way he/she thinks. As a human being who lives in reality, some artists may want to symbolize reality through their works and others may want to escpae from the reality through their works. On the contrary, some artists may want to communicate with others through their works. To add, arts may have specific purposes such as ID card or evidences in crime scene. Reality is not opposite to art. They are related in various ways.
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      Nov 25 2013: 'Reality is not opposite to art. They are related in various ways.'

      You've put in another way what most agree upon, including me.
      Thanks Kim.
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    Nov 13 2013: Art is an impression of reality. Whatever reality is, is up for grabs.
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    Nov 4 2013: Art and reality are not opposite. They are complimentary. Reality is what is. Art is how it feels.
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    Nov 4 2013: Electric Zaps to the Brain May Help You Appreciate Art More, Study Says
    http://mashable.com/2013/11/03/electric-zaps-brain-art/

    If this is true, does zapping the brain make you more artistic, more realistic, or both?
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    Nov 4 2013: art is an artistic representation of someones understanding of reality.
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      Nov 4 2013: Right Shahzad. And your view helped me compose a simpler definition:

      Art can be an artistic expression of someone's interpretation of reality. Thanks Shahzad.
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    Oct 31 2013: '...every artists try to organize their perspectives of the world through their art.'

    We may also say every artist try to clarify their perspectives of the world through art. Thanks for your
    keen thought Andy.
  • Oct 31 2013: I feel like art is our ways to understand and try to organize reality, through our own perspectives. Since the world sometimes feel like it is in chaos to many people and we cannot seems to understand reality, and since we all have different perspectives, every artists try to organize their perspectives of the world through their art.
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    Oct 30 2013: There was a philosopher that said everything is illusion,
    i.e., everything we see now will be gone tomorrow (in the future).
  • Oct 29 2013: Art would seem the means to express a love or appreciation. Security cameras have nothing to do with art.

    This link is about the spiritual use of art, you may find it interesting
    http://webhome.idirect.com/~abraam/studies/Art_Spiritualuseof.pdf
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      Oct 29 2013: Yes sir. It just reminded me that the first popular works of art (Biblical paintings,
      seven wonders of the world, etc...) are a form of God or nature worship.

      I tried to copy/paste excerpts from your PDF but my browser won't allow it. Thank
      you for the link sir.
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    Oct 29 2013: Art and Reality are concurrent truths that can never be similar nor opposites. Art enables us to visualize, then create and experience the future which then becomes our reality. Then we again await art to give us our next view of the future.
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    Oct 28 2013: Of course in a purely materialistic sense, Fritzie below is right. Art usually emphesizes on perception, and perception is of course part of reality. The only escape from reality art can offer is: IMAGINATION. What you interpret from your perception can branch off from reality via imagination, (e.g. I see ghosts in that painting, ghosts aren't real).
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      Oct 29 2013: 'The only escape from reality art can offer is: IMAGINATION.'

      Sharp thought DaWay. Thanks.