Demonstrating the Work of Art

Creating a work of art is a deliberate act of attainment, yet it has spontaneous attributes that naturally obtain, existing on demand.

We don’t normally think of science, for example, to be the realm of creating art (“things” emerging from the world of ideas). Instead, science objectively measures what actually exists (“ideas” emerging from the real world of things), but it does so deliberately (and reality yields to the method, making things, adding identity, transacting an interpretation), like with a work of art.

Science demonstrates the work of art that imitates life. Science is the artifice of its interpretation.

Everywhere we look, nature is a work of art.

Geometric proportion and repetition of design are common attributes of both a work of art and naturally occurring emergent properties. Even when we break the rules, the common attributes of a work of art still obtain. Kant says it is no coincidence since we are a part of a natural (measurable) existence.

A work of art “attains” its beauty “on demand,” by design (demonstrating what actually obtains in the real world of ideas). Even though trying to imitate nature may not be the objective, creating a work of art, nevertheless, has natural design, on demand (demonstrating the exact truth of a measurably inexact existence, expanding in unmeasurable space, adding identity, emerging with new properties, at the margin, over time). Even an absurdist play has the natural beauty of demonstrating the irrational qualities of a measurable existence, describing things that are otherwise difficult to quantify, but rationally measured by approximating its objective reality, like with irrational, transcendental numbers.

Emergent properties (added identity) can be cause for questioning the objective reality that appears to obtain. Additive identity is a spooky force, like we see in nature when it appears, for example, things should stop expanding in space over time but, actually, we measure acceleration.

It is no less true for the concept of “objective identity” in the realm of political-economy.

Saying capitalism, for example, is the emergent property of an unchanging “objective reality” is indeed a work of art that imitates life. Spooky how the force of its “natural” existence emerges properties that do not naturally obtain, but measurably accelerate, nevertheless, to occupy our space, on demand, over time.


About griffithlighton

musician-composer, artist, writer, philosopher and political economist (M.A.)
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