Why is it relevant?
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
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are now deemed outdated.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.
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.