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Do the arts provoke or purge the emotions?

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Niharika Malviya

on 18 October 2013

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Emotion & the Arts
Real Life Situation #3: Cinematic Music
Real Life Situation #2: Dance
This dance, choreographed by Zhao Limin, features two dancers who each lost limbs in separate car accidents. By incorporating their love of dance, they purge their emotions of despair at the struggles they have to face daily while also showing their determination to make the most of life.

Art is often used as a cathartic release by artists, who often put their thoughts, feelings, and emotions into their works. However, this is not the only function of art. Visual works, dance, and cinematic music all provoke emotions out of viewers. It should be noted that the emotions provoke are not the same for all; rather, it is based on each individual's different background experiences and cultures.
Furthermore, it is very difficult to find art without emotion, but the presence of emotion does not necessitate the presence of art.
Real Life Situation: Art of William Turner
By: Niharika, Ashton, and Ramya
Before we can begin discussing the relationship between the various forms of art and the variety of human emotions, we must first understand the following:

What is art?
What does it mean to purge emotions?
What does it mean to provoke emotions?

Provoke: to cause the occurrence of (a feeling or action); to make (something) happen

Purge: rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release.

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Wreckers Coast of Northumberland
Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway (Turner)
Who is he?
What did he paint?
How do his works purge the emotions?
Snow Storm
What is the link between emotional knowledge in the area of visual arts?
Knowledge from the arts is emotional

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced"

The artist's experience of reality does not give access to truth but rather it helps convey personal feelings and the artist's vision; helps understand the human condition
This Surrealist work by Sebastian Erikson served to purge the artist's emotions. Regarding this work, he once stated, "This is another paradox that I've been working on for a couple of days. It describes a person with psychological problems such as schizophrenia, insanity, depression or other mental problems. His endless screaming makes his own mind eat him up. I have periods in my life where I feel like this. I wanted to make an illustration of my thoughts and my pain within."
Viewers may have a different emotional reaction to the dance than was intended by the choreographer. While the choreographer created the dance to inspire, some may watch the dance and feel only pity. Others may experience fear in the possibility that they could one day could get in a car accident and lose limbs as the dancers did.
One of the dancers, Ma Li, said, "It's the power of love and the strength of joining hands, which keeps us persevering."

What is the purpose of music in film? How does it affect the audience's emotional response? What role does it play in "emotional programming"?
Music's function of emotional programming:
Does the artist’s intended emotional response always correspond with the actual emotional response of the viewer?
How does the emotional motivation to create art vary?
We as humans are programmed to emotionally respond to cinema and other forms of entertainment.
It can set the tone of the movie. Just by the way the score comes in for the first time in the movie makes it possible to know the genre and the “level of drama” of the movie. Can evoke certain emotions into the audience
Knowledge Question
Do the arts provoke or purge the emotions?
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