To present art is to relate to a general audience by means of creative expression. Art and its omnipresence seek to spark a viewer’s attention to or reconsideration of an observed occurrence. Today, a blurred line paints itself between art and entertainment; people more generally seek for the expected aesthetic appeal of a piece than for its profundity in its environment. The detriment of this offset in viewership is a misconceived praise for expensive extravagance, the strong consumer approval of which indirectly amounts to higher capital gain for the entertainer, and furthermore promotes idolism among younger generations. Conversely, this phenomenon disallows people to be truly inspired by an individual’s artistic direction. Where there is no platform for the artist, there is an inhibition of essential reactions and emotions that could transform an audience.
There is much to discuss about art’s status in today’s social climate. How strong is art’s impact on respective cultures? What connotations come along with making art? Is art everywhere? Not to mention, the inclusion of technology introduces a new scene for art to inhabit itself, granting more access for an individual to expand their reach to an audience grander than ever before.
Throughout the course of TASC 2018, the Visual and Performance Art roundtable will gather to exchange their perception of art: what it is, where it’s found, why it exists. We plan to invite people who will offer several opinions on art to guide delegates in formulating an assertion for their final forum presentation.
2018 Roundtable Leaders: Ru-Yi Chang and Anderson Wang