Experience as Product, and How Should Art Be Expressed to Reach Its Purest Form?
Art is life, art is experience, and, according to a philosopher and psychologist John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952), a basic living. In his psychological vs. philosophical wisdom guide Art as Experience, author states, “experience is a product, one might almost say bi-product, of continuous and cumulative interaction of an organic self with the world. There is no other foundation upon which esthetic theory and criticism can build.”
Individual’s intimate interaction with the reality and imagination becomes art once it’s expressed creatively as object, concludes John Dewey:
Psychologist continues to analyze experience’s role in the world and its “manufacturing”. He also writes about experience’s authenticity and its meaning to the inspiration and creation processes as well as the overall understanding:
Author believes that any concept of art must be acknowledged by the larger scale. And in sentimental Richard Feynman’s “Ode to a Flower” parallel, John Dewey observes the connection between art, psychology and science:
Furthermore, John Dewey explores the links between art and experience by arguing that experience comes from the basic instincts and, generally, living life. Author writes, “nature of experience is determined by the essential condition of life. While man is other than bird and beast, he shares basic vital functions with them and has to make the same basal adjustments if he is to continue the process of living.”
Decades before Alan Watts’ expressed a belief that the true light means “to be aware of life, of experience as it is at this moment, without any judgments or ideas about it”, John Dewey also observed that feeling fully present and hopeful about the future is one of the most significant sources of inspiration.
It’s often argued, whether art is a creation, an expression, or both. John Dewey continues never-ending discussion and analyzes the connection between art’s fiction-like motives and reality, and the link between true life and imagination. According to the author, “Art is thus prefigured in the very processes of living”. Philosopher believes that just as a bird builds its nest and a beaver its dam, every action in this world is an actual art, but we too practical to see it.
Another realistic evaluation between life and art is provided in an essay by Atul Joshi. Author writes, “True art grasps, rediscovers and reveals to us reality which human beings tend to forget and from which we often seek to get away,” which subjectively suggest that art is our “hidden” part of life, rather than something unrealistic, imaginary or fictional.
However, it’s worth saying, art has power and hope only when it celebrates a unity of concepts between time and memories, so to be truthful – art must be expressed in the purest form, not running away from past or present, nor fearing the future. Just as John Dewey concurred, “Art celebrates with peculiar intensity the moments in which the past reinforces the present and in which the future is a quickening of what now is.”