Why is it relevant?
Activity 1 What is the relevance of studying the histories of Art and design, media and culture? Knowledge. You have a better understanding of something when you learn of its reasons. How can the world move forward artistically if we don't know what's already been and how it got there? Facing the art world on their visual fronts can't be true appreciation if you know nothing about what the piece represents or how that particular movement came about. Art has always been a window to time, ever since the prehistoric era were their lives of hunting and religious beliefs were shown through cave paintings, and as it's the window to time what's happening around them are a heavy influence. Who was in charge? Was there a war? What were the movements, theories and the current religious status of the time? All of this has changed culture and Art and media along with it, as they're all influenced by each other. As time moved along and technology has gotten better our means of producing art has became a lot easier and quicker. We've moved into the computer age, and a lot of practices are now deemed outdated. Although we may not ever use those practices, the knowledge of how they were done could be transferred using modern means. I believe this knowledge would help me in my desired field of animation. To learn of how animation was done years ago, how they managed to get such stunning picture and fluid movement from a very time consuming practice ,that would have required a lot more effort and determination than we'd need today using modern technology, would make me more appreciative of what I've got to work with. Activity 2 Do we shape technology or does it shape us? That to me is a chicken and egg situation. Do we create out of need and then want or do we create out of want and then need? Indeed we create out of what was necessary at the time and that could later be developed into a luxury item for our pleasure. So we create out of a need from Human behavior. But then take the internet for example. The internet was created so scientists could communicate with each other, a need, and then it was developed into what it is now. It was never something we really needed, people have lived without it for generations but after we got this luxury item it quickly shaped our world and has now became a necessary. So technology shaped Human behaviour. We use computers for a lot now, text our friends, talk on the phone, watch the latest hit T.V show, technology has changed our lives into something very different than previous generations and to the point were a lot of us don't think we could live without them. So in that aspect i'd perhaps say technology was winning if it weren't for the fact that we still search for cures and other medical advances, explore planets and other life.