If the definition of art
has developed over time,
and if it is defined as
‘a product or process
of deliberately arranging symbolic elements
in a way that influences and affects
the senses, emotions and intellect’
and also says that the word art
was traditionally used for skill or mastery,
but later as an intention
to stimulate thoughts and emotions,
and if according to David Bohm,
the original definition was ‘to fit’,
that the word art has come to mean
‘to fit, in an aesthetic and emotional sense’,
but can also mean
‘fitting in a functional sense’,
then taking those definitions together,
you get the following ingredients for art:
1. a product or a process
2. skill or mastery
3. fit together in a certain context
4. affect senses, emotions, intellect in others
So far this is a definition of art
that describes a person to person thing.
One person has the skill to produce something
(a product or process that fits together in a certain context)
that affects another person.
But there is also an element of ‘fitting’
or ‘not fitting’ in the whole of society.
And art is about changing contexts,
going beyond what is known.
About seeing a ‘new fit’.
Searching for new patterns
‘that are fitting in every sense’.
So apart from the previous 4 ingredients
in the definition of art,
there is a 5th:
5. a search for new patterns that fit in a greater whole
Something that goes beyond the individual.
A search for a new order
in the whole of society or beyond.