The World as Object- Roland Barthes

The simple act of perception transforms the objective landscape into a human landscape. The Dutch masters have used the canvas as a metaphor for the way that we do this. Their paintings have traditionally shown a world which is utilized by the human. It has also depicted cultural divide between the patrician (the rich, who…… Continue reading The World as Object- Roland Barthes

How can we judge what good art is? David Hume- of The Standard of Taste

The question “what is art?” has been covered by very many people, and has received very many answers.  The question “how do we judge what is good art?” is a much more interesting one. When we concern ourselves with the arts, we all have opinions about what we feel is good or bad, pleasing or…… Continue reading How can we judge what good art is? David Hume- of The Standard of Taste

Are films being killed off by unoriginal storytelling?

In the weekend issue of the I newspaper (20-21/1/18, UK), David Baddiel wrote a guest column in which he states “make it new, or else storytelling will die”. In the column he makes the claim that Hollywood executives are ‘frightened of fiction’. He states that Hollywood is far too centred on what is known as…… Continue reading Are films being killed off by unoriginal storytelling?

Art in the age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, a review

To say we live in a new era is not in and of its self saying much. Cultures shift through paradigms all the time, it’s a natural part of progress. However, Walter Benjamin argues that this current paradigm is prominently important to comprehend because of the way it has transformed art and culture. This is…… Continue reading Art in the age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, a review

How the advent of the camera changed history forever

The advent which was the birth of photography had a strange effect on history. History of culture, but also of our mental history. It is merely recognised as a new artform, a mode of documentation, an aid to memory. There is so much more to it than this, I would go as far as to…… Continue reading How the advent of the camera changed history forever

Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?

One issue which has puzzled philosophers for hundreds of years is that of ‘other minds’.  Thomas Nagel made this puzzle iconic in modern philosophy with his essay ‘what is it like to be a bat?’. In this paper, he points out the problem of the subject/object divide. I, the experiencer, am the subject; my experiences are…… Continue reading Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?