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Re: CNN: fossils as art?(long)
Here's another bit of possible insight into the issue of what art may be.
Only those of you in my age class will remember the rebellious days of
the 60's, when young people, especially, were challenging virtually every
established idea and convention (Bob Bakker is also a child of the 60's).
There was a concept then (and probably has been all along, but I'm not
an artist so I don't the whole history of it) called "received art". We
humans didn't make it to be art, but once it was "discovered", it was
considered to be. A prime example from that era was the geological map
of the United States. No one had yet thought of painting the map of the
US with splotches of bright colors in a seemingly random fashion (at
least to a non-geologist, it could seem that way).
Where else would this happen but in California?--I'm a native
Californian, so I can say that. In California, the very colorful state
geological map was once placed on a billboard for everyone to see as part
of a neighborhood beautification program. Received art!
Much art is controversial, and we keep debating what art really is. Time
will tell if Seilacher's stuff is art.
Back to dinosaurs?
Norman R. King tel: (812) 464-1794
Department of Geosciences fax: (812) 464-1960
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712 e-mail: email@example.com