Week 3_ Artistic Transformation by Christine Vu

       The Industrial Age has transformed “the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself, [bringing about] an amazing change in our very notion of art” according to The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. During this time, production was increased by the onset of creative inventions. Art became a matter of technology.
       Inventors like James Watt and Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre instigated modern thought. Daguerre became recognized as the first individual to capture a still image by a process he named photography. Shortly after, photography quickly gained popularity because of its dynamic nature and flexibility. It’s ability to combine entertainment as well as creativity attracted much of the world. The halted motion tested one’s level of conformity by initiating different perspectives from the viewer as well as the beholder. The idea of maximizing the eye’s potential helped artists portray their beliefs. Nowadays, artists use photography to portray scenarios, idealogies, or opinions to the general public. The fascinating thing about photography is that it enables us to get a glimpse of the past, capturing memories, as well as historical events. The function of photography is to connect the past, present, and future. A single snapshot could tie in the many aspects of art- color, contrast, resolution,- into a single entity that can be replicated. The idea of replication stirred up the Industrial Revolution, targeting the onset of mass production.
       During the Industrial Age, objects like the printing press and films were introduced. These were labeled as alternative art form. Nowadays, robotic inventions have captured our interest because of its convenience. Americans have relied on these sources to cater to our laziness. Robots have been designed to perform with greater accuracy and reliability. This is ironic that we, the creators, are falling second to these man made masterpieces. Robotics is progressing now more tan ever. This art has even earned itself in some of our classrooms. I remember my high school’s robotic club took pride in the competitive aspects. We have made artwork a competition, focusing more on utility and losing appreciation for its beauty. I hope that one day, robots will not only be known as an art form but as artists as well.

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