Is this art?

On Wednesday one of Edmonton’s popular newspapers asked the question: “Is this Art?” in Reference to particular construction that has appeared near the Whitemud and Fox Drive. Considering our discussion Wednesday afternoon about the nature of art (revolving around the Hallucinogenic Toreador – see the video below) I thought the question was worth asking with reference to out local art. So what do you think? Is this art? Is this something that governments should be finding? Is there something you’ve seen recently which has caused you to question ‘art’? I’m curious to see your opinions.

Allegory of the Cave

I would like you to read the following story. It can be a little hard to understand so don’t sweat the small stuff (don’t try and understand every word or phrase!), but work your way through it, and take your time to consider what each sentence is telling you about the people in the story.  If you find it easier to print and follow along then do so.  Think about what ways of knowing (sense perception, reason, language, faith) play an important role in the story. When you are done look at this video which shows the same story and consider answering these questions for your blog:

  • What does this story say about what we know today?
  • What does it say about what we may may or may not know in the future?
  • To what extent does this story comment on sense perception, reason, language and faith as a way of knowing?
  • Was this story surprising in any way?