David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy Compass 7 (4):230-244 (2012)
Art world talk of “blurred boundaries” and “hybrids” between art and craft, suggests that the philosophy of art needs to rethink the concept of craft. This can best be done by adopting four strategies: first, distinguish between craft as a set of disciplines, and craft as a process and practice; second, keep in mind the differences among craft practices such as studio, trade, ethnic, amateur, and DIY; third, recognize that craft’s relationship with design is as important as its relationship to art; fourth, attend to the role digital design and fabrication are playing in craft and art today. At the core of the craft process are three contested characteristics found in most craft practices: hand, material, and skill, although these are better understood as body, medium, and mastery. After discussing a fourth contested characteristic of many craft and design practices, function, I show that none of the four characteristics is a requisite condition for artistic practice today, yet none are excluded from contemporary art, despite its current “post‐studio” or “post‐disciplinary” tendencies. I conclude that the boundary between art and craft conceived as a set of disciplines defined by materials and techniques has not become blurred, it has all but disappeared. On the other hand, I show through an analysis of some references to “mere craft” by Stephen Davies and Arthur Danto, that craft conceived as a process and practice can be understood as distinct from art, but in a non‐invidious sense
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Michael Polanyi (1967). The Tacit Dimension. London, Routledge & K. Paul.
David Davies (2004). Art as Performance. Blackwell Pub..
Jerrold Levinson (1990). Music, Art, and Metaphysics: Essays in Philosophical Aesthetics. Cornell University Press.
Gary Iseminger (2004). The Aesthetic Function of Art. Cornell University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ben Tilghman (2006). Crossing Boundaries. British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (2):178-191.
Keith Allen (2013). Blur. Philosophical Studies 162 (2):257-273.
Judy Attfield (ed.) (1999). Utility Reassessed: The Role of Ethics in the Practice of Design. Distributed Exclusively in the Usa by St. Martin's Press.
Ulrich Krohs (2009). Functions as Based on a Concept of General Design. Synthese 166 (1):69-89.
Timothy Williamson (2003). Vagueness in Reality. In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press
Angelika Kratzer (1981). Blurred Conditionals. In W. Klein & W. Levelt (eds.), Crossing the Boundaries in Linguistics. Reidel 201--209.
Alison Adam (2003). Cyborgs in the Chinese Room: Boundaries Transgressed and Boundaries Blurred. In John M. Preston & Michael A. Bishop (eds.), Views Into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence. Oxford University Press 319--337.
Juliet Steyn (ed.) (1997). Other Than Identity: The Subject, Politics and Art. Distributed Exclusively in the Usa by St. Martin's Press.
Christy Mag Uidhir & P. D. Magnus (2011). Art Concept Pluralism. Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2):83-97.
Nicholas F. Gier (2001). The Dancing Ru: A Confucian Aesthetics of Virtue. Philosophy East and West 51 (2):280-305.
Richard Shusterman (2003). Entertainment: A Question for Aesthetics. British Journal of Aesthetics 43 (3):289-307.
Johan de Smedt & Helen de Cruz (2011). A Cognitive Approach to the Earliest Art. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (4):379-389.
Nick Zangwill (1999). Art and Audience. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (3):315-332.
Barry Allen (2008). Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience. Cornell University Press.
Added to index2012-03-20
Total downloads35 ( #93,308 of 1,727,003 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #231,316 of 1,727,003 )
How can I increase my downloads?