Ellen Dissanayake

Ellen Dissanayake

I suggest that what artists do in all media can be summarized as deliberately performing the operations that occur instinctively during a ritualized behaviour: they simplify or formalize, repeat (sometimes with variation), exaggerate, and elaborate in both space and time for the purpose of attracting attention and provoking and manipulating emotional response.More Ellen Dissanayake quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art is a normal and necessary behavior of human beings and like other common and universal occupations such as talking, working, exercising, playing, socializing, learning, loving, and caring, should be recognized, encouraged and developed in everyone. Via art, experience is heightened, elevated, made more memorable and significantMore Ellen Dissanayake quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In every human society of which we know - prehistoric, ancient or modern, whether hunter-gatherer, pastoral, agricultural or industrial - at least some form of art is displayed, and not only displayed, but highly regarded and willingly engaged in.More Ellen Dissanayake quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We can begin a discussion of artmaking by noting that from very early (as long ago as 200,000 years), humans have been naturally attracted to the extraordinary as a dimension of experience and that at some point they seem also to have been moved to make the ordinary extraordinary-that is, to shape or elaborate everyday, mundane reality and thereby transform it into something special, different from the everyday.More Ellen Dissanayake quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.More Ellen Dissanayake quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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