Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lecture at UCM

Just listened to a


PRESENTATION BY ACCLAIMED SCHOLAR, ETHOLOGIST & AUTHOR

ELLEN DISSANAYAKE . . .


Dissanayake is currently an Affiliate

Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington and the author of Art and

Intimacy: How the Arts Began, Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why, and What Is Art For?.



Her take is extremely fascinating on how we as humans use art as an elaboration and how art has evolved, devolved, or regulated itself into a nonessential in our modern times/post-industrial period. She elaborated that art is made by everyone (but to varying degrees) and that art has been used for religious and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years, but as we have progressed in modern times, art has become somewhat elitist, (I believe that is the term she used.)


Definitely a new couple of "must reads" for me.