Introduction What I want to talk about today is Kuhn's concept of paradigms and paradigm shifts. This much-misunderstood theory of science is often popularised as claiming that science progresses not by orderly development and deduction from evidence, but rather as a form of beauty contest, with current orthodoxy being that which happens to be most … Continue reading Paradigm shifts, perspective, impressionism, epistemology
Introduction We all know them when we see them. Works of art then when you look at them create a kind of inner 'what the?' question, and which only begin to make sense when you read the little essay provided by the artist. Or worse yet, where one comes away with the distinct impression that … Continue reading Conceptual art is when . . .
Introduction I've always been interested in how creativity actually works. Now I am myself fairly creative, in that I write here, I write fiction, I write music, etcetera. I'm not saying that what I write is necessarily good. That's not important for the sake of this argument. The key thing is that creation is something … Continue reading The creative mind
Let's face it, art is stuffed It's a commonly held view that modern art, regardless of the art-form is worse than the art of the past. Cultural conservatives point to Michelangelo or Crivelli and then point to . . . whatever bizarre collection of failed comedians make up this year's Turner Prize shortlist and say … Continue reading The censorship of time
Introduction Art can be broadly classified into two groups: narrative and non-narrative. Within the narrative group, there is a further division between those art-works, which I will call closed, that are complete in and of themselves, and those, which I will call open, that were made deliberately incomplete, so that they would force their consumer … Continue reading Art that provokes thought; art that doesn’t