Discourse on the Pandemic and Art


It is not true to tout with the speech that art is over or damaged due to the pandemic. The epidemic killed popular culture, not art.

Let's remember the accepted fine arts without drowning in the historical background; painting, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry, theater and dance. Opera works, museums, valuable paintings and sculptures remain in their native places, but visits and performances have been suspended. So who or what art is affected?

As part of the pandemic measures, the night curfew has negatively affected nightclubs or concert organizations operating at the relevant hours, bringing pop music performers to the brink of financial and moral exhaustion. We can accept that, but we cannot match art with pop music.

First of all, I must state that pop (popular) music can be considered a genre of music, but it is not art.

Where daily trends are presented, where it is not possible to come across any skill or culture element (Frith) is a commercial commodity. This music genre, in which catchy melodies are presented in two to three minutes, is a very wide and sub-branched market. In the triangle of recording, production and technology (Timothy Warner) pop – or popular – music, in which the trends of the period are handled, cannot be expressed as art.

Gangnam Style, the popular song of 4, watched by 2012 billion people

Just like popular culture, pop music cheapens the effort and effort that is essential with dedication, long processes and human attention that it takes away from seriousness. This culture leads people to what is immediate and effortless, in other words, to what is for sale. Where there is no common culture, meaning cannot be sought in human movements or production.

Popular music does not take part in the set of values ​​that hold our country or any other society together. Countries may share civilization, but when it comes to their culture, they live independently. (JG Herder, Kultur)

Art Online

It is not possible to learn to play the piano with online lessons, but since most of the pianists earn their living with private lessons, there is no other way to survive in the conditions of the pandemic.

A ballet lesson advertisement that I came across on social media recently surprised me because State Opera and Ballet artists have also started to give ballet lessons online. Of course, you cannot learn a branch of art, such as ballet, where the centimeters between the limbs are calculated online.

These examples are a reflection of the difficulties experienced by art courses, yes, but art literates have to put this aside and look at the big picture. As it is my tedious task, I have to make a comment between criticism and reminder.

Every artist wants to be applauded. The compliments of the people with whom he lives are the most precious gift for him. What does an artist do to please himself, in an age and country like today where scholars are in vogue and a fun-loving youth dominates tastes? What does he do, gentlemen? He lowers his genius to the level of time…he tries to create pleasant works as long as he lives.

Discourse on the Sciences and Arts, Rousseau

I have nothing to say to those who recommend online courses, idealism will not fill your stomach, but in the long run, the 'cheap' way of marketing 'respectable' art branches, the simplicity of access and the confusion between the concepts of value / price, will definitely make Art pay for the diet of the lax perception to be established between society / parent / willing and art. .

I am in the line of concern not to save the day, but to embellish popular culture in the long run, and to discuss how these fine arts will be continued from now on, and the teacher's return to the old, that is, normal.

So what are we gonna do? Do not take the example of the French society that did not stone Rousseau and stone me; I don't think it should ever be done. Its absence is worth more than its existence as such.

Before the pandemic, was there a year in which art was booming in our country? Has art always been performed on a line between extinction and existence, or has it gone beyond the poor quality imitation and presentation of what is done abroad by some people/institutions? Let's not deceive ourselves with populist rhetoric.


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