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Coming to conclusions

Posted on by Ben Hodson

It is clear to see the importance of art in society.   Bloch, Rosler, Ballard and Miles all seem to agree with the way in which it can have a redemptive affect on society. Although it could be argued that on its own art has been seen to affect social change, it is normally in collaboration with other factors whether that be a social or political movement, cultural or technological change. It has become increasingly difficult to separate art from the surrounding contexts.  I don’t see this as a particular problem as I believe art should not be viewed as a detached entity.  Art comes from and belongs to the culture and context it is birthed in.  It seems that it is the context which surrounds the work that defines the scale of impact.