What if it were true? What if the world had no art? Imagine waving bye-bye to paintings, artists, film, theatre and musicians! Oh my! Do we want that?
I was reading about this idea of cancel culture the other day when it hit me.
If we, as this ever-growing online community, are powerful enough to ‘delete’ an individual human being from our Google search engines, like cancel culture, what stops us from cancelling even more significant things like places or even categories like art?
Well, for one – I would be out of a job.
But just imagine…what would it be like if we simply said no more art?
When you think about it, art is part of our everyday lives. Even more so in the online world packed with social media influences and creators alike.
But it means more than that.
When you wake up in the morning and choose a particular outfit colour or arrange your hair in a specific way, you are artistically creative.
Imagining the world without art would be imagining ourselves without eyebrows. There would be nobody to make movies, music or paint.
Indeed, we see it all around us — from our humble abode’s decorated interior to the myriad man-made marvels that lace our bustling streets.
Cars, clothes, consumer goods. Music, movies and even, dare I say it, a banana duct-taped to a wall.
Everything we create is made from aptitude.
But far too many of us take it for granted as if it will always be there. And due to its necessity and accessibility, it always will.
This is because arts are woven into us.
To the best of our knowledge, art has existed in all times and all cultures throughout human history.
We consume art not as an innate desire but as a fundamental human need. It is as important as the food on our plates.
But the harsh reality is it needs an art world and its marketing service to survive.
Just like everything else.