Anarchy And Art

The word 'anarchy' comes from Greek-word 'arkhē', authorities, and denying prefix 'a(n)'. Anarchy is generally used to mean uncontrollable enthropy and lack of order, and it may refer to any of the following:

  • Absence of government; a state of lawlessness due to the absence or inefficiency of the supreme power; political disorder.
  • A theoretical social state in which there is no governing person or body of persons, but each individual has absolute liberty (without the implication of disorder).
  • Absence or non-recognition of authority and order in any given sphere.

In an anarchy, as defined by the last bullet point, it is possible to have rules (laws), however, these must be agreed upon by the participants in the system, and not imposed from above, by a ruler (leader, authority).

Art refers to a diverse range of human activities and artifacts, and may be used to cover all or any of the arts, including music, literature and other forms. It is most often used to refer specifically to the visual arts, however it can also be applied to forms of art that stimulate the other senses, such as music, an auditory art.

Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Art is also able to illustrate abstract thought and its expressions can elicit previously hidden emotions in its audience.

Art in the context of this document is mostly limited to digital forms, and some visual forms of art such as painting and drawing.

Art about Anarchy

Anarchy as seen in works of art and culture.
- Depictions of revolutions and anarchy in paintings, literature and photography art.
- Political statements in art

- V for Vendetta (Film & comicbook)
- Half-Life 2 (PC-game)
- Picasso

Anarchy about Art

Art in the hands of anarchy
- Piracy -> RIAA = Anarchy?


Wikipedia: Anarchy
Wikipedia: Anarkia - translated from finnish
Wikipedia: Art

~By Juhana

note by andrew: Realising the Impossible: Art Against Authority also mentioned here on Just Seeds blog.

note by joni: I think the new music distribution system is one thing that might be good thing to mention in this topic or NIN as example, that is making things quite differently from the normal model.

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