| Art: Skillful
applications of conscious fantasy that aim at making experience more
interesting, beautiful or pleasant.
Put otherwise: Art is the creation of interesting, beautiful or pleasant artefacts
that arise from the imagination, and indeed technology (also art =
techne in Greek) is the creation of useful artefacts that arise from
Products of art tend to be more intense,
more concentrated, more dramatic than the (supposed) reality they
imaginatively represent or enhance.
Most technology - houses, cars, daily
utentils - is estheticized by some artful design that enhances the
technology, but this may vary much (factories, motherboards, garbage
It is not easy to define all or most
that may be (more sensibly than not, in ordinary language) referred to
by the term "art", and one has to somehow include or cover artefacts
like paintings, music, sculpture, literature, film and photography,
cooking, architecture, design of instruments and artefacts in general
(as stylizations of some technological artefact), and allow for art
that is abstract in various senses, whether deliberately
non-representing pictures or more or less necessarily so, as with the
forms - streamlining, shaping, ordering - of things or their parts.
In general, it seems art concerns the
production of interesting, beautiful or pleasant
things and experiences, and is involved in almost all human conscious
action, since that is mostly meant to improve or enhance something or
make or do something interesting, pleasant or beautiful, or to
represent something imaginatively.