Sunday, August 1, 2010

Report – Cultural Relationships with Design

1. 1. The Celtic culture has to this day remained a very influential and accomplished society in history. The Celtic culture has provided history with the most well known designs and patterns that have filtered throughout history to be part of modern society today. The intricate patterns and interlacing knot work designs are still used in today’s society, for example the Celtic tattoo designs are used in modern day society in Australia and all around the world. They are modern versions of the interlacing knot work and the Celtic cross that were designed and used in the Celtic culture. The Celtic cross is used today as it is seen as a powerful symbol even though there are many versions and variations of the meaning in the Celtic culture. For many in the Celtic culture the tattoo designs were used as a way to show family heritage, pride and religious beliefs. Today in modern society these reasons still exist for most people but may be slightly altered for some people as they do not fully understand the meaning of what they are having tattooed. The Celtic designs are being uncovered and understood more throughout history and in the present as more modern resources and technology allow for a better understanding and insight into the meanings behind the designs. Some designs today have been influenced by the original Celtic designs as motifs used in modern society for logo designs, patterns for quilts and other materials have traces of the Celtic Culture.

2. 2. Aboriginal art has many visual aspects; to the indigenous people the meaning is much more than dots and random symbols, they have spiritual meaning relating to the Dreamtime (creation). Aboriginal art consists of guidelines for rituals, tribal rules, sacred lands and Dreamtime stories. Each symbol in Aboriginal artwork has a meaning, for example the symbol for an animal is not just a representation of that animal but a story behind its creation relating to the Dreamtime. To non-indigenous Australians the meaning and cultural link behind these symbols can not being fully understood but are thoroughly appreciated for the connection that is created between the Dreamtime, religion and the land. The Aboriginal art is the aborigine’s link to their ancestry, past, present and for future generations to follow on and teach the stories and rituals to their families and tribe. Although some of the Aboriginal culture and art has been lost due to the creation of civilisation by non indigenous Australians, the Aboriginal people still fight to reclaim their rights to their sacred land, that has some of their earliest art and Dreamtime stories that reconnect them with their ancestry. A cultures art is a representation of their whole existence they are able to record important happenings through the expression of art. Without the expression of art in a culture like the Aboriginal culture their Dreamtime would be lost the understanding and appreciation of this intricate and detailed art form would no longer exist. The Aboriginal culture has mostly affected socially the non-indigenous Australians (white people) socially this cultural group has been exposed to a different form of art that would not normally be excepted in the non-indigenous culture.

3. 3.Designers and lay people are impressed by M.C. Escher’s highly detailed work and dedication to his art, as he was able to manipulate and push the boundaries and the norm in pattern work. His peers and others respect M.C. Escher because of his fascination with pushing to improve the idea of Division of the Plane. Not only do designers find this theory to revolutionise the designing world but also mathematicians around the world found it brought a new perspective to the idea and theory of Division of the Plane. The respect that designers have for his dedication to pursuing his passion for theme, variation, repetition and tessellation is immense as M.C. Escher dedicated his lifetime to his exploration of architecture, perspective and impossible spaces. M.C. Escher managed to take reality and show the world the fascinating wonders that are around us.

4. 4.Art and culture of the past even to the present has remained to amaze and interest people all over the world. Looking back to the very beginning where cave man were able to leave their imprint in history has kept the human race interested in the mysteries of what the past was like. Through these messages people and cultures of the past were able to leave their mark behind whether it be stories or records of natural occurrences in the environment. Much like this the aboriginal people were able to leave messages through symbols and stories about the first settlers and stories about creation enabling its decedents to reconnect with their culture and past ancestors. Art has been an intricate part letting its people reconnect with their tribe or ancestry, regaining an interest and spiritual connection with their heritage.

5. 5. Looking back into history is beneficial to a designer because they find what has worked in trying to engage an audience, from that they are able to manipulate previous art into something that suits the modern society. In modern society designers are always exploring new and different ways to represent their work by looking back into history to find inspiration. By looking back in history it has inspired designers and artists to create art movements and revolutions in the art world. For example the Renaissance was the beginning of art movements, which by looking back into history future designers were able to create from inspiration from that era their own revolution and movement in art.

6. 6.I have always been fascinated with the ancient religions and their art. It has affected me by broadening my perspective on what art is to different people. I find it interesting to see what it considered beautiful in different cultures. I have always loved art and exploring the ancient arts has always been a hobby of mine. Buddhism and Hinduism has been my main focus on religions, being exposed to these studies in schools it has always interested me. The depiction of their Gods has been a major influence in my life as during my schooling years I explored the gods and the symbols used in representing them.

7. 7.Once again the only real cultural influence I can think of is the various ancient religions. I have always loved the different aspects of each religion, and been able to respect the different views on life, creation and Gods. I have been influenced by these beliefs as I am a Catholic but I don’t believe in the catholic views and rules. I am more of a spiritual person, I believe in meditation and karma. I have taken different aspects of the Buddhism and Hindu religions and created my own views and beliefs, structuring them around these aspects of different religions.