Joseph Beuys planting 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) Kassel, Germany 1982; Devon Farmer (courtesy Beaford Photographic Archive)
What is Art? What is the function of Art?
“Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and inform our lives” Joseph Beuys
Whatever conclusions we may have come to, or opinions we have, about the Art of the past, or of the overly-hyped media image of Modern Art, many Contemporary artists are endeavouring to reinstate Art and its potential and function within society, to be recognised as the integral and intrinsic part of cultural and social evolution and understanding from which it originally was formed. Basically, Art is a set of tools and skills that we may learn and develop through our individual aptitude and with which we may communicate, engage, question and evoke a sense of our human potentiality to our fellow beings and the universe as a whole.
ART IS A SERVICE FOR SOCIETY
ART IS A FUNCTION OF SOCIETY
ART IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF HUMAN SOCIETY
Art may be used as part of a cultural strategy to…
•To stimulate the thought process
•To question our perceptions
•To enrich our lives
•To affirm our beliefs
•To celebrate our creativity and sense of community through action
Primarily ART HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PLANET
Secondly ART HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO SOCIETY