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TOK - Can progress be made in the arts?

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Transcript of TOK - Can progress be made in the arts?

Theory of Knowledge
Mea & Helmi Is There Progress in Arts? Individual progress Collective progress Progress in the arts What is progress? "In the natural sciences progress can be made, but in the arts this is not possible." AoK = ???
WoK = ??? Development/movement in positive direction Technical Historical When is a work of art "ready"? Ready as an idea
Ready as a piece of art The Antique Renaissance 0) Every generation think they're better
1) Backward progress?
2) Degraded/progressive to look back?

*Some communists thought that progress was inevitable*
Complexity better?
Art often returns to simplicity

--> Timeline/order has no effect
OR
--> More experiments + more information
-> increase in quality
OR
-> Selection of art works by museums/critics etc.
-> works of good quality remain Intention corresponds to outcome? Reshaping the prevailing
conception of arts

Merriam Webster: "the act or process of going from the simple or basic to the complex or advanced" Performing arts Audio Literature Visual arts Timeline of visual arts The Marxist goal is a classless society where everybody is treated equally and freely takes their fair share of the resources of society as a whole — this is true communism. Every step that takes us closer to that is progressive. But what is the goal of arts? Progress is a measure of
value given by the beholders. :D kitsch 666 000 000 000€ value 0.000000001€ Antique art Medieval art Renaissance art Baroque art Impressionist art Surrealist art Contemporary art Aristotelian theatre
vs.
Juha Rantanen - Possible goal to provoke thoughts goal of traditional Asian arts?
-describe the relation between man&nature? Wislawa Szymborska The Joy of Writing (1967) The Three Oddest Words (2002) When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold. Why does this written doe bound through these written woods?
For a drink of written water from a spring
whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle?
Why does she lift her head; does she hear something?
Perched on four slim legs borrowed from the truth,
she pricks up her ears beneath my fingertips.
Silence - this word also rustles across the page
and parts the boughs
that have sprouted from the word "woods."

Lying in wait, set to pounce on the blank page,
are letters up to no good,
clutches of clauses so subordinate
they'll never let her get away.

etc. Does the order matter? New techniques and materials "True artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths" Both are empirical Number of techniques used Progress in art history -> More freedom
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