Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 140.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 06:38:10 +0100
From: rddescha <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: 17.133 the hammer of art (or computing, for that matter)
For interest sake:
Another contender to the art as mirror metaphor is Margaret Atwood's
_Survival_ who contends that art is not only a mirror, but a map.
Perhaps it could be useful to catalog these metaphors here?
Mirror: art as an (imperfect/ultimately distorted) reflection of life; with
the distinct advantage of allowing the viewer to see behind him/herself. (cf.
Hammer: art as a tool with which to access a reflection of life, suggesting a
more interactive role for the viewer (as well as the artist).
Map: art as an orientation device -- not the real world, but representative
enough that a viewer can use it to "find one's way around" real life.
Any other significant metaphors for art?
Ryan. . .
MLIS/MPA Candidate -- Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
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