CONTEMPLATE & KONANGAL
Joint presentation of
Documentaries on Art
HOW ART MADE THE WORLD
THE EPIC STORY OF HOW HUMANS MADE ART
AND ART MADE US HUMAN
-More Human Than Human-
Runtime : 59.30 minutes
26th May 2012 ; Saturday’ 5.45pm
Contemplate Art Gallery
Avanashi Road, opp PSG Krishnammal College, Coimbatore
One image dominates our contemporary world above all others: the human body. How Art Made the World travels from the modern world of advertising to the temples of classical Greece and the tombs of ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of why humans surround themselves with images of the body that are so unrealistic.
Professor V S Ramachandran explains the Herring Gull Test, an experiment with baby seagulls which illustrates the neurological principle of peak shift - the hard-wiring of brains to focus on parts of objects that matter the most. Peak shift is fundamental to understanding why we prefer exaggerated images of the human body.
How Art Made the World is a landmark documentary, made with the intention to generate public awareness about art history's relevance to contemporary culture,. Host Dr. Nigel Spivey, a Classical Archaeology professor from Cambridge, asserts, over five episodes, that not only have cultures thrived according to their abilities to communicate visually, but also that, though art, we can historically trace human needs and desires because our minds drive us to create images.
Questioning how and why art influences society, Spivey employs art criticism, archaeology, political theory, and anthropology in order to posit theories in each hour-long segment. Episode one, "More Human than Human," traces our obsession with the human body by analyzing the Venus of Willendorf, Egyptian art, and Ancient Greece's preoccupation with athleticism.