LAS432 Course Discussions Week 4


LAS432 Course Discussions Week 4
We normally think of the arts as very different from technologies in spite of the fact that art…


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LAS432 Course Discussions Week 4

LAS432 Course Discussions Week 4

All Students Posts – 78 Pages 

Technology and Art – 37 Pages 

We normally think of the arts as very different from technologies in spite of the fact that art (with perhaps a few exceptions) is practiced with the help of technology. This practice creates interdependence between technology and art. To what extent does art respond to, or is shaped by, the technology that enables it? To what extent have advanced and accessible digital technologies, such as websites, digital photography, and YouTube, changed the relationship between art and technology?

Are these technologies reshaping our attitudes toward artists? This discussion includes how art and technology can be combined to produce new genres of artistic expression.  I have posted a site below which represents just one example of how digital technology and the fine arts are being linked together. Please feel comfortable in sharing your own examples! When a computer generates a painting, who do you feel the artist is, the computer or the individual who created the program to do this?

I have used a lot of the same products that these artists used to develop products for work.  I guess even my products could be considered art, even though they are emblems, backgrounds or other such items.  Remember, art is in the eye of beholder.  That means art can be anything, depending on who you are talking to.  Computers can use digital algorithmic patterns and mathematical potentials in the creation of art (Jarvis, n.d.).  In these cases, who gets the credit, the software creator?  The artist is actually the computer because it generated the picture, so does it get the credit? I attached a picture that was made with a computer back in the 90s, or possibly earlier, it is a great example of computer generated art. While looking at either A or B, it seems as if the opposite circle is moving, but it is not…

Globalization and the Threat to the Environment – 41 Pages 

Before we decide what to do about the environment globally, let’s see what we can do locally. What environmental problems are you aware of in the area where you live? What solutions do you think would be most appropriate to solve these problems? Incentives can encourage utilization of actions like recycling.  In the county where you live, do you think this idea could be seriously considered?  What is going on in your areas related to the use of solar energy?

I agree with the plastic bag removals, but charging for paper bags seems ridiculous. It is like McDonald’s charging ten cents for a small packet of ketchup at the drive thru now.  I personally have a trunk full of re-usable bags, and use them when I get the chance. But if I forget, or do not have them on me, then I really don’t want to get charged ten cents a bag.  One thing I have noticed here in Virginia Beach is that instead of charging you for paper bags, a lot of grocery stores, like Farm Fresh, actually give you a discount for bring and using re-useable bags.  I think this method is more effective in encouraging shoppers to switch to re-usable bags.  I noticed a lot of parks and splash pads have been setup mulched up recycled tires as a base.  This help us use old tires instead of burning them or burying them, both of which are bad for the environment.  I can’t imagine the number of tires that get thrown away every day, at least we are finding new methods to recycle them now.  I actually have red dyed rubber mulch in my flower beds around my house.  This also came from old tires.  Another big project is the Navy’s Great Green Fleet. This is a “Department of the Navy initiative that demonstrates the sea service’s efforts to transform its energy use” (U.S. Navy, n.d.).  As you can see, even the government is trying to be more energy efficient, you can read about it at this website…