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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Do the art’s really make a difference to society? | The Signal

"Nowadays people forget the importance of art in their everyday lives." continues The Signal.


They accredit more of what they do to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is also a huge contributor, but leave the arts as something optional. I assure you, the arts are just as important and necessary to know and understand.

Almost anything can be considered art; sculptures, drawings, written word, spoken words and music all fall under this category. Considering this, most people partake in several types of art each day and that is not by accident.

According to Visual Arts, the first signs of art are recorded to be 200,000 to 700,000 years ago. Since then we’ve evolved to incorporate art into our culture and it has even been hypothesized that it is the reason why our brain has grown so much. Through the use of precise hand-eye coordination to make tools, which could be considered an art, our brain evolved to into more complex thinking.

Arts and STEM  
Advocating for the arts does not make STEM any less important. If anything art complements that the findings in theses subjects. In December of 2016 Psychologist Alex Forsythe from Liverpool University discovered that art may be able detect early signs of dementia.

A mathematical method called “fractal analysis” was used to compare handwriting and brushstrokes of artists. Over 2,000 works by seven famous artists were analyzed and they uncovered small changes in their patterns.

“In artists who went on to develop dementia or Parkinson’s disease, the fractal patterns started to change in an unusual way,” Forsythe said in an interview with BBC. “So what we found was that up to 20 years, before they actually had a diagnosis of a neurological disorder, the fractal content in the paintings had started to decrease.”

Arts can not only detect diseases, but they may also be able to cure or treat disorders. The arts for most is an outlet for the imagination to run wild and without the criticisms of the outside world, because it is usually only done for the artist’s own satisfaction. With that being said, it is no surprise that art is used to treat anxiety...

Art influences technology just as much. Although it is not directly used in the programing of software, it does affect distribution to the public. How many times  do you hear, “I bought it because it was pretty/it looked cool.” After the technology is made, in order for it to sell programmers rely on designers to make it look appealing, because people are attracted to things that look good.

Source: The Signal