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The Art; Paste-Copied

Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art. 

This article focuses primarily on the visual arts, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they usually are not in a painting, for example. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of art or the arts. 

Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.

Art may be characterized in terms of mimesis (its representation of reality), expression, communication of emotion, or other qualities. During the Romantic period, art came to be seen as “a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science”. Though the definition of what constitutes art is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. 

The Art; Copy-Pasted 

Now that you’re reading this, I have a disclaimer to make. The previous section is not originally made by myself. I took it from, copy-pasted, make a tiny editing with it, and re-arranged it for my purpose. It is originally written and edited by anonymous people, who sincerely put their heart in the name of a modern spiritual belief called “open-source”.

This copy-paste action that I did, I did it intentionally and on purpose, to emphasize the identity of the new era in our modern art timeline and transformation. An era where the making of visual art goes like this; mostly the ‘artist’ took other’s photography properties, put it in a square lay-out, paint some word on it’s surface (usually a joke or a negative prejudice) (popularly known as meme) and finally shared it in a ‘gallery’ called Facebook. This is an era where literature and art making process have become like this; mostly the ‘artist’ took someone else’s  stories, fiction or non-fiction, customized it, changed this and that (usually names, character, places, et cetera) (public knows it as instant-messaging shorts or inspiring stories) and finally shared it in a ‘gallery’ called WhatsApp, Line or BBM. An era where the making of motion picture has turned into this; mostly the ‘artists’ cut and re-edit someone’s film scenes, put them in a chaotic-composition, put a funny or strange voice on it (or known popularly as dubs-video) and shared it to ‘you know where’ gallery, yes, it’s the multimedia gallery with the word ‘tube’ on it. 

This is an era where the making of a theatrical performance is represented by the rounded yellow face imageries called emoji, and the artist shared it in a stage called social media drama.

It is an era where brutal honesty and authenticity have become the theme of everybody ‘favorite’s quote’, but on the other hand, when mostly the ‘artist’s’ social media profile were fully filled with these quotes, he or she intentionally forgot to put credits or dismissed the copyrights notification in their works, and as time goes by, it became something that is forgiven and relatively-relative.

This is an era, where the complex art-making process has become something that is unnecessary and  a-why-bother condition, because everybody needs instant outputs or results. A new platform of art is born. This platform is the piece I called The Copy-Paste Art. The art form which has both unmotivated and motivated functions in its expressions. A form, which is easily remembered and yet is also easily forgotten in its impressions. 

Illustration by  Ariekotama