TOK Day Reflection

One of the most valuable concepts I’ve learnt is that there is a difference between taste and quality in art. This links with the question what is good art and bad art? Everyone has can have different perceptions, so art can appeal to each of us differently. So it is difficult to judge good art or bad art based on individual opinion. Therefore, we need to examine the quality of art. This may includes techniques, structure and imagination. By judging quality of a piece of work can be more universal criteria. For instance, the painting of Mona Lisa is perhaps more appealing to people then it is now. Some people may think that Mona Lisa is only a boring painting. However, looking at the techniques Davinchi used, Mona Lisa is incredible. Her eyes seem to follow when stare at her and move around. This concept of taste v.s. quality can help us understand why not everyone can be Piccasol. Even though to some people it just some distorted figures that even the 5 year olds can daw, it can still be regarded as a work of high quality. (Just to declare, comparing Piccaso to 5 year old drawing not my personal taste/opinion.)

Despite quality, I think there is another aspect that helps us differentiate between good and bad artwork. It is what kind of response that the artworks receive from the audience. The two controversial artworks we saw on TOK day were a urinal and unmade bed. Even though it seems ridiculous, but they force us to think from a different perspective. I think many of the contemporarily art are breaking from the tradition and make us reconsider about what is art? Does art has to be limited to certain forms? Does the value of artwork have to come from quality of the artwork or something intangible, like new perspectives it brings?

Moreover, an interest question that stood out for me is: Is music a universal language? Mr Birse said there are some chords that make most people feel uncomfortable. Could is be possible those different types of music can make a lot or all of us feel the same way? I personally think that there can be the influence of mass media as well. For instance, the fast violine by Chikofsky can be related to Tom and Jerry. It makes us nervous because we used to watch Tom running away from Jerry with this sort of music in the background. Moreover, after we heard the choir piece, I saw some one wrote lord of the rings on the board. I also related the song to lord of the rings as well, especially scenes creepy dark scences. So, could it be possible that mass media has influence how universal music can be?

And to what extent can music be a universal language? I don’t think we can say specifically “I want to eat ice cream” through music, unless there are lyrics to it. But music can convey a general atmosphere. Instead of saying, “I want ice cream”, music can probably convey a general desperate feeling.

Another more fundamental question raised in TOK day is: How is art related to knowledge?  I think artwork can reflect the society and the time it was created in. So can’t it be regarded as a form of knowledge?

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