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  1. #1 do you 'do' arts/culture? 
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    i guess a lot of people have some activity in this area, from making the occasional drawing to keeping their communities' traditions alive. so, what do you do?

    Myself I play guitar (i wouldnt call myself an artist though ), and i've taken up photography as a hobby. guitar goes pretty well, but i really have to work on my photo skills. and maybe my lil brother will teach me how to draw (he wants to be comic-drawer).


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    I also am a photographer and am converting my equipment over to digitals. I guess I'll soon be called a digiographer soon. Hey, I just invented a new word!I have won photo awards with some of my work and have sold a few of them. Basically I just do it as a hobby and don't want to persue it as a business, although some people are trying to persuade me otherwise.

    I'm also into music and fiddle around with sampling and synthisizers somewhat. I have a Cakewalk program which lets me record on up to 300 seperate channels and do extensive editing.It too is just a hobby.


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    I hang around opera halls and music schools and suck cock for spare strings and drum heads.
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    Art (and culture?) are an outlet.

    Those who have leisure time use it to express their understanding of those who do not, and that which they have time to contemplate - those who do not have leisure time use it to express dissatisfaction in many forms, depending on where their area of identification lies.

    There are very few "celebrated works" orginating from the middle class - they are far too busy working their way up (or down - a particularly modern phenomenon) for such things. Any works originating from the middle class are largely overlooked due to the fact that they have no marketablility, at least in modern times.

    The brackets at the beginning of this post indicate that we are dealing with two separate things here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis
    Art (and culture?) are an outlet.

    Those who have leisure time use it to express their understanding of those who do not, and that which they have time to contemplate - those who do not have leisure time use it to express dissatisfaction in many forms, depending on where their area of identification lies.

    There are very few "celebrated works" orginating from the middle class - they are far too busy working their way up (or down - a particularly modern phenomenon) for such things. Any works originating from the middle class are largely overlooked due to the fact that they have no marketablility, at least in modern times.

    The brackets at the beginning of this post indicate that we are dealing with two separate things here.


    I thought he asked what type of art do you do or have done a well as what culture events do you attend.
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    true, but Louis took it to a more general level. interesting post. in some way middleclass art is underrated. its a lot more interesting in that it tells you something about the society in which it was made, while professional art kind of stands above society.

    (when we make art it could count as middleclass too, we don't do it professionally. to make a link to the thread-subject )
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    My concerns with "art" are mostly ornamental. (They ornate the mental!)

    I embellish letters, and blankets, and thousand little artsy things.

    Otherwise, I do a little photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis
    Art (and culture?) are an outlet.
    There are very few "celebrated works" orginating from the middle class - they are far too busy working their way up (or down - a particularly modern phenomenon) for such things. Any works originating from the middle class are largely overlooked due to the fact that they have no marketablility, at least in modern times.
    What bull. You've just exluded the modern illustrator from the artists' group.

    I am a future illustrator, getting my BFA in one year. I'm also enjoying making cartoons this summer; but that's nothing like Disney and such. Photography is also my hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitewolf
    Quote Originally Posted by Louis
    Art (and culture?) are an outlet.
    There are very few "celebrated works" orginating from the middle class - they are far too busy working their way up (or down - a particularly modern phenomenon) for such things. Any works originating from the middle class are largely overlooked due to the fact that they have no marketablility, at least in modern times.
    What bull. You've just exluded the modern illustrator from the artists' group.

    I am a future illustrator, getting my BFA in one year. I'm also enjoying making cartoons this summer; but that's nothing like Disney and such. Photography is also my hobby.
    Yes illustrators are artists to. I'm big on Photography myself, night shots mainly.
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    “Artist” is terribly over-rated these days—anybody can be one in a society where the obtainable compliment "you're so talented!" is akin to "how interesting?" is akin to "whatever.".
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    Quote Originally Posted by ad . hoc
    “Artist” is terribly over-rated these days—anybody can be one in a society where the obtainable compliment "you're so talented!" is akin to "how interesting?" is akin to "whatever.".
    Last night I went to an open air cinema (free), where they showed Lost in Translation, and before that two movies made by directors from, I presume, the city I am from. There wasn't given much introduction to them, however, it was obvious that this was 'art'.

    Now, it was basically one long stretch of different shots blurring out, or stuff like that. Some of the shots were nice but, well, is that worth watching a movie for half an hour for two or three nice shots?

    In any case, I really felt like I was in the 'the emperor without clothes'. The art that is made these days is art, and anyone who claims otherwise doesn't understand art.

    To me, the paintings from William Blake mean so much more than few shots. If I look at Dante meeting Christ and Beatrix not in the picture, it means something. That meaning is than open to interpretation, but, it holds value. The content of the picture, put against the background of the rest has actual value. If someone creates a white painting with a red dot in the middle and claims it represents anger in a calm and serene environment, what is it's deeper meaning? How does it help one understand something better?

    Concerning art, I sometimes make a poem, or create an image, but it's for my personal reflection only. Not that I am ashamed of my feelings, but I simply would not know why anyone would read poems of inferior quality..

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomoUniversalis
    Concerning art, I sometimes make a poem, or create an image, but it's for my personal reflection only. Not that I am ashamed of my feelings, but I simply would not know why anyone would read poems of inferior quality..
    I feel the same way towards my intellect sometimes when set against a social background. Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    i guess a lot of people have some activity in this area, from making the occasional drawing to keeping their communities' traditions alive. so, what do you do?

    Myself I play guitar (i wouldnt call myself an artist though ), and i've taken up photography as a hobby. guitar goes pretty well, but i really have to work on my photo skills. and maybe my lil brother will teach me how to draw (he wants to be comic-drawer).
    I consider myself a 'supporter' of the arts, not a 'doer'......I have lots of friends who are musicians, metalsmiths, photographers, jewelry-maker, etc....I guess I haven't found my creative niche in life .....that's why I'm insurance business by day (boring) and a nursing student by night (not boring) 8)
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    Me, I like to dabble in painting (oils mostly), and I write a little when I feel like it (so I am definitely not a writer). I just enjoy both of these from time time. As for culture, I'm not a "cultured personality."
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    im studying graphic design at university
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    Hm.. Educating as a Webintegrator, but my interests are really in 3D-animation. When i finish this education, i can start on my bachelor degree in animation. So right now my "hobbys" are drawing, playing piano and designing websites.
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    I play guitar, piano, drums, trumpet (though I don't like it), and i've had a little experience with hand bells and the dulcimer. I like to draw (mostly random geometric figure type things), and I'm really into photography. The photography is all nature.
    "There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges
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