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Presentation HELP! TOK ORAL: What makes a work of art?

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Im doing my tok oral on "What makes a work of art?" and I dont know how to connect it to TOK besides from the fact that every person sees art in a different way. I found a good question that was how do we interact with art, is it rational? emotional? do we need previous knowledge to know about art?

I need help to as how to connect this to tok to get a good grade :)

Thanks!!

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These questions do not really address art in a way that will lead to a constructive TOK discussion. Have you thought of modifying changing your question? Some general questions (from the guide) close to what you are proposing and serving as TOK models of thinking:

*Is a work of art enlarged or diminished by interpretation? What makes something a good or bad interpretation?

*Are the arts a kind of knowledge, or are they a means of expressing knowledge? If the last, what knowledge might they express?

*Does familiarity with art itself provide knowledge and, if so, of what kind? Knowledge of facts? Of psychology or cultural history? Of oneself?

I expect others will chip in with some good ideas. But in the end, it is you that must come up with (phrase) a topic of investigation. It is part and parcel of the TOK experience and will show that you can think "epistemology" (which is, actually, the proper term for TOK).

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Art is expressed objectively and is received and evaluated subjectively, making it individually definable. It is 6.8 billion different things; as such it is easier to describe it as the way something is done, rather than what it is. For example, a person may look at a pile of debris and see it as art, while I will only see it as debris. The definition that closely relates my definition of art is: “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others”. To define something as artistic, such as this photograph, I will refer to how aesthetically pleasing it is. One of the world’s widely acknowledged artists, Pablo Picasso, was quoted to have said that “Painting was just another way of keeping a diary”, painting being his favourable form of art.

Art has always been a reflection of all aspects of society, such as emotions and personal struggle. When a society undergoes through a change, the artwork of that period is subtly complied with it. As Picasso said, “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth”; and often the truth is challenging to describe.

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Hi ibibib,

This might help with formulating your KI - http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/drq/tok/d_0_tokxx_prt_0912_1_e.pdf

The best examples/models for TOK questions in the table are for the final assessment. Your presentation may not need to be that high on the chart... As stated in this doc.

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