Week 3_The industrial age, kinetic art, and robotics_by Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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Art always played an important role in every society, either as a pioneer or simply as the expression of the free-spirited. Usually, when we talk about art, we think of fine arts and arbitrary paintings that definitely express the artist who made it, but do not really appeal to the majority of the viewers. However, in my personal opinion, art is not only what is beautiful, but also everything that is creative, innovative; a pioneer in its field. For example, the film industry began over a hundred years ago and there have been many good movies. Typically, they are all considered art, yet there are many that are really identical to previous ones, just repeating something that has been already said. However, every now and then, a new movie comes up that distinguishes for some reason-maybe because of the plot, the action, the scenery, or the acting. These specific movies, which are not forgotten throughout the years and attract the attention of people who are even born years later, are what have made cinema the seventh art. What is imperative to mention is that not everybody likes all these “good” movies, however, everybody agrees on the reason why they are remarkable. I would like to bring up the example of a movie whose trailer we saw on Thursday’s lecture, the Matrix, as it is very original. Even though it may appear to be another mindless action movie, yet it introduced a new visionary style, bullet-time, creating a “new dimension” in the field of filming. An analogy of the Matrix’s contribution to filming could possibly be the advent of perspective in painting.

After the Matrix, there have been many other movies that copied its visionary style. Even though, they may have the exact same style, same way of filming, you cannot really call all these movies groundbreaking, since you have already seen that. According to Walter Benjamin, a perfect reproduction of a piece of art lacks the trait of unique existence, which is what defines art. Authenticity is definitely an important facet of art; unfortunately though what is authentic and what is not may not always be evident. In contrast, art that is commonly seen through the media, posters or in commercials, advertisement, is not true art because it is neither genuine nor expresses somebody’s emotions and beliefs. Even though advertisement is very popular and necessary, nowadays, as it supports the capitalistic economy, still it rather intends to sell merchandise products.

As I was surfing the Internet, I found a little fighting game, imitating the Matrix characters’ skills. The programmer who created this flash game cannot be given credit for creating art, but he managed to entertain many people without a doubt. Personally, I found it a really fun game: http://www.stickpage.com/matrixbullettimeplay.html

Nick Mouchtouris

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