Why do humans make art?

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    Why do humans make art?

    No other species does this.

    What is the grand scale purpose of art to us as a species?

    Is it because we don't need to catch prey everyday and now have alot more free time on our hands?

    Why do we make art?



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    I think one of the reasons is that we discover new mental territory through the process of creating and contemplating art.

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    There's no grand purpose to art, except art itself.
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    No other species does this.
    I'm not so sure about that. Can we consider art this bower that was built by a bird?
     

    Why do we make art?
    Humans like to express the stuff in their head. Art is a way to express things that can not be expressed otherwise. Rational explanation through words has its limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Pixel View Post
    What is the grand scale purpose of art to us as a species?
    Maybe there isn't one. Things mean different things to different people.

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    It might help to consider the historical trajectory of what has been considered art as a continuous project through the ages. Because it likely satisfied different ends at different times through different means. Art in recent years has become quite abstract and conceptual.
    https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1048&context=phi

    It is true that actions are carried out by individuals, but such actions are possible and only have meaning in so far as they participate in sociocultural practices. There are two important questions here, Westphal suggests: (1) are individuals the only bearers of psychological states, and (2) can psychological states be understood in individual terms? Individualists answer both questions in the armative, and most holists answer both questions in the negative. Hegel, however, answers the rst question armatively and the second negatively.108 In other words, it is only individuals who act, have intentions, construct facts, and so forth. Nevertheless, such acts, intentions, and facts cannot be understood apart from sociocultural practices—their meaning can only be understood as interpreted in a sociocultural context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Pixel View Post
    No other species does this.

    What is the grand scale purpose of art to us as a species?

    Is it because we don't need to catch prey everyday and now have alot more free time on our hands?

    Why do we make art?
    Elephants do.


    Why humans do it?
    In the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Why the need to create? Like elephants, creating art can also be seen as a spiritual form of self-expression, an innate thought, concept, and/or feeling that comes from within, our needs to self-express ourselves into this mere physical manifestation of reality.

    Art is healing. And art can be expressed in many ways. It's a creative process that allows us to come into harmony with what we feel inside. It gives voice to meaning we cannot always express into words. Kids who go through trauma can also use art to heal, as they don't have concrete words to convey their pain felt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberryLola View Post
    Elephants do.


    Why humans do it?
    In the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Why the need to create? Like elephants, creating art can also be seen as a spiritual form of self-expression, an innate thought, concept, and/or feeling that comes from within, our needs to self-express ourselves into this mere physical manifestation of reality.

    Art is healing. And art can be expressed in many ways. It's a creative process that allows us to come into harmony with what we feel inside. It gives voice to meaning we cannot always express into words. Kids who go through trauma can also use art to heal, as they don't have concrete words to convey their pain felt.
    Besides all that how does art largely contribute to our survival? What I mostly gathered from your post is that art is a form of psychological survival. It keeps us sane in thinking there is more to us than the physical, because to think the latter would be disingenuous. I'll roll with that for now. But biologically there is no need for art.

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    because humans are pretty fuken gay
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    1.Artists want to share their emotions, desires and experiences with others. They really express their individuality, even if sometimes this gets slightly narcistic.
    2.Art can be used to connect a group, that's why we have national anthems and tribal societies have totems.
    3.Some artworks serve pure aesthetic pleasure, e.g. in some traditional Melanesian cultures almost every object serving some practical purpose is decorated.


     
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