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face painting!!!!

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 11:36:08 +0200

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Having deleted most of the face painting messages without reading them (one
must not read everything and face painting is not the item I am researching
at the moment) I noticed that even henry was involved. That made me curious.
And yes, there it was again. The ART Question.
I found the answer of Debora good to use. She wrote:
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Your comments make it sound almost as if it is the quality which makes a
thing a work of art. But looking behind the production itself, what is the
intent of the art? Why do we study art history and consider tattooing of
say, the aboriginal people as being art? Isn't art a product of and
reaction to one's culture? Isn't art a way of seeing life through someone
elses eyes?
Yes, the answers to the question "what is art?" are infinite. But that
still leaves the question of what it is that makes a work... art.
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And here is mine:
Looking behind the production itself, what is the intent of the production?
Why do we study visual productions (visual signs) from all the history until
today (even tattooing of the aboriginal people and of Hell's Angels and
sidewalk drawings and advertisement and Egyptian portraits on sarcophages
and drippings of JP and children's drawings? Aren't they all products of
and reactions to one's culture? Aren't visual signs ways of seeing life
through someone elses eyes?
Yes, the answers to the question "what is a visual production?" one can give
in one sentence.
Do we in visual education really bother about the question of what it is
that makes a work... art?
I do not, because that is not the question visual education (or even art
education) has to deal with. It is about seeing life through someone elses
eyes and making someone else seeing life through your eyes.

Ben Schasfoort, nl


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