An Imaginative Activity
Art is described as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination” that can result in work that can be admired for its emotional strength or beauty, according to the Oxford English dictionary. Alternatively, “the numerous branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance” is defined as “the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.” The prestigious dictionary defines entertainment as “the action of offering or being provided with amusement or enjoyment.” According to Wikipedia, entertainment is defined as “an action, event, or activity intended to entertain, amuse, or interest a public.”
While art and entertainment have their own distinct meanings, they are themes that have a lot in common and are becoming increasingly entwined. We immediately conjure up pictures such as a painting, a sculpture, a drama, poetry, dance, music, and so on when we try to picture what art is in our heads. Television, movies, rap stars, and other forms of entertainment come to mind when we think of entertainment. The former subjects, on the other hand, can be thought of as having both entertainment and artistic merit. Our minds are enlightened and entertained by sculptures, paintings, and other forms of art. Music is a well-liked art form that also serves as a key source of entertainment for the general public. Simply add up the number of times a hot song has been purchased on iTunes or the number of screaming fans during a Lady Gaga show (who she aptly refers to as “Little Monsters”). And the majority of people can see how a play or musical may be both artistically expressive and entertaining.
Entertainment and Art
Despite the fact that art and entertainment appear to have identical qualities, entertainment receives the most attention in the United States through a number of media outlets. We watch our favourite TV series, savour salt and butter infused pop corn while watching the latest Hollywood picture (good or terrible), discover and download songs that are topping the charts, and so on. Every week, the entertainment business puts in a lot of effort to bring us things and content that will make money, both physically and online. As a result, we are very immediately influenced by this content.
At the same time, there is a large amount of art being created. Every week, for example, new exhibitions and art galleries open, yet that only touches the surface of what is accessible to us creatively and artistically. Festivals, conferences, plays, dance performances, concerts, and a seemingly endless and occasionally unfiltered stream of art are always coming up. Each arts-based event should, hopefully, provoke thought, inspire challenge, or demonstrate the various worlds that surround you.
Participating in this sphere, whether as an artist or as a spectator, is beneficial to the soul and intellect. Making, producing, and performing art allows us to honestly investigate and explore our humanity or a certain topic. We could be called to action to fight for a cause or to put a stop to a wrongdoing. Although the top two layers of a performance or event may be beauty and presentation, you must look past those two obvious qualities in art to see whether there is a deeper meaning, theme, message, or other message within it. Art is more than just a lovely picture. It’s open, messy, and contentious.
There is a formula that art can use as well: Act + React + Talk = ART. Why is a formula like this so important? Consider it for the time being, then return later for a more in-depth debate.