In The Art of Commitment I defend that the function of art is political.
Category: The art of commitment (Research paper 2007)
Research paper on the function of art and social commitment in art.
It has to be possible to distinguish between what is art and what is not for any theory of art to exist.
In Plato’s and Aristotle’s time, art had a social function. Today we are used to art for art’s sake.
Our advanced capitalist market economy is based on the relationship between supply and demand and on specialised production of goods and knowledge.
It is essential for people to distinguish between the insignificant and the essential. But in the current context it is very difficult to discriminate.
The arts world is a reflection of its surroundings. Academics and artists have internalised the needs of the system that they live in.
Most artists through history have produced art that has been homogenous, conformist and compliant.
Art is always political. It exists within a context and uses elements that have a historical, political and social dimension.