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There should be an emotion with art.

Art seems to be about creating evocative experiences. Art is really just the experience - the medium and the object are vehicles by which the experience is delivered.

Design seems to be a combination of practicality - there is an object, and it offers a practical benefit which other similar objects also offer - but with added aesthetic enhancement which is considered pleasing and elegant rather than evocative.

You could argue that the experience of elegance is enough to make design art, but artistic experiences seem more driven by narrative and reflexive exploration. Art will be about something, and will be trying to make a moral point about how the world is, how it could be, or how it ought to be. Even very abstract does this, even if it's only by defining relationships and personal characteristics of people called 'viewers' vs. people called 'artists.'

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 05:56:16 AM EST
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