I read this post the other day from Ashley Clements, star of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) and thought I would respond to it. I want to talk about what art is and what arts place is in society. This topic has come up a lot lately.
Brief summary of what Ashley said (if you don’t want to read it):
She talked about messages that she’s gotten where people tell her that LBD has helped people through tough times and that the characters have become their friends. She says that often the notes include something along the lines of “I know that sounds silly…”. Ashley asserts that it doesn’t sound silly at all and that she can think of times that the same thing has happened to her. She says that we should embrace that feeling and dive head first into it. To really get what she’s saying just read it here.
I totally agree with her. I can think of several things off the top of my head that were kind of an escape for me and that I felt as though the characters were my friends. One of those things is Harry Potter. I grew up with HP. I felt like I was growing up along side of him. To this day, I’m waiting for my Hogwarts letter.
Another one of those things which really helped me discover who I am was the web series, Anyone But Me. I know that I’ve talked about this a hundred million times, but I really owe a lot to this series and I’m very sad that it’s over.
What is Art?
I think that art is very hard to define. Dictionary.com defines art as:
The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
and to some extent, I agree. To me, art is:
The creative expression of emotions whether through visual, written, dance, acting, music, etc.
You can argue that art is in nature as well, but I want to talk about human made art.
Are Video Games Art?
Now that you know my definition of what art is, we can tackle this question. I believe that all video games to some extent are in fact art.
Here’s a video that sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well.
Sure you can argue that some games are inherently more artsy than others (the indie game Braid comes to mind), but games are art in my mind.
Do We Need It?
Wholeheartedly, the answer is yes. Art has been around for as long as we have written records of humans. It’s something that has been used to pass down traditions from generation to generation by storytelling. The cave painting that ancient civilizations have left behind all tell stories about the lives of people during those times.
When I hear about schools cutting funding to the art programs, it breaks my heart. Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed going to art class. I wasn’t the best in my class, but I enjoyed it none the less. In high school, I was fortunate enough to go to an arts charter school where art became a huge part of my life. To this day, I still write a ton and enjoy acting.
I Think I’ve Said my Peace
I think I’ve said all that I need to say. I could go on for hours about how much I love art and how important it is, but you should let me know what you think in the comments below.