This presentation borrows from the arts advocacy position of Ben Cameron and the embodied conceptualization of culture of Mark Johnson to argue that the arts provide an interdisciplinary approach that mediates between theory and practice in a constant state of examination of complex contemporary issues. Ultimately, this research approach participates in the discourses of contemporary arts practice involving issues of globalization, nationality, identity, subjectivity, etc. For although I agree with Richard Florida that the arts contribute to the creative economy, I do not believe their contribution is only economic. Instead, I believe the arts are a pivotal site of discourse regarding contemporary issues as they provide a process of examining these issues which unites our expressive potential with our analytic facility. This unification of emotion and cognition provides an opportunity for an audience to deeply reflect on the complexity of the issue as presented in the narrative of a film, dance or theatre production, the visual image, the space/time dimension of music, and/or the interactive and immersive environments of the media.
|Keywords:||Arts Practice, Mark Johnson, Ben Cameron|
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
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