ⓘ Arts


Anthropotechnic is a term used in art, science and literature to denote something with aspects of both man and machine. In this case, it is claimed that the "modified" does not set a limit but instead opens an infinite horizon that is as wide and limitless as human desires. Another conceptualization is that anthropotechnic is a set of rules that we make to tame, teach, and train ourselves. The concept is distinguished from anthropotechnology, which focuses on the study and improvement of working and living conditions.

Art world

The art world comprises everyone involved in producing, commissioning, presenting, preserving, promoting, chronicling, criticizing, and selling fine art.

Artes mechanicae

Artes mechanicae are a medieval concept of ordered practices or skills, often juxtaposed to the traditional seven liberal arts. Also called "servile" and "vulgar", from antiquity they had been deemed unbecoming for a free man, as ministering to baser needs.


Artist-in-residence programs exist to invite artists, academicians, and curators to reside within the premises of an institution. For example, a large church often has an organist-in-residence or "resident organist" who is the default performer when the organ is needed or used. Similarly a "painter-in-residence" is often the first artist considered by their institution when it needs or desires a painting to be painted. Some residency programs are incorporated within larger institutions, such as museums, universities, or galleries. Other organizations exist solely to support residential exc ...

Artist's impression

An artists impression, artists interpretation, or artists rendition is the representation of an object or a scene created by an artist, when no other accurate representation is available. It could be an image, a sound, a video or a model. Artists impressions are often created to represent concepts and objects that cannot be seen by the naked eye; that are very big, very small, in the past, in the future, fictional, or otherwise abstract in other ways. For example, in architecture, artists impressions are used to showcase the design of planned buildings and associated landscape. Artists imp ...

Artist's portfolio

An artists portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artists style or method of work. A portfolio is used by artists to show employers their versatility by showing different samples of current work. Typically, the work reflects an artists best work or a depth in one specific area of work. Historically, portfolios were printed out and placed into a book. With the increased use of the internet and email, however, there are now websites that host online portfolios that are available to a wider audience. Sometimes an artists portfolio can be referred to as ...

Artistic freedom

Artistic freedom can be defined as "the freedom to imagine, create and distribute diverse cultural expressions free of governmental censorship, political interference or the pressures of non-state actors." Generally, artistic freedom describes the extent of independence artists obtain to create art freely. Moreover, artistic freedom concerns "the rights of citizens to access artistic expressions and take part in cultural life - and thus one of the key issues for democracy." The extent of freedom indispensable to create art freely differs regarding the existence or nonexistence of national ...

Artistic license

Artistic license refers to deviation from fact or form for artistic purposes. It can include alteration of the conventions of grammar or language, or the rewording of pre-existing text.

Arts and letters

Arts and letters is a traditional term for the fine arts and literature considered together. The category defined as "arts and letters" may also include the performing arts, visual arts, or liberal arts.

The arts and politics

A strong relationship between the arts and politics, particularly between various kinds of art and power, occurs across historical epochs and cultures. As they respond to contemporaneous events and politics, the arts take on political as well as social dimensions, becoming themselves a focus of controversy and even a force of political as well as social change. A widespread observation is that a great talent has a free spirit. For instance Pushkin, who some scholars regard as Russias first great writer, attracted the mad irritation of the Russian officialdom and particularly of the Tsar, s ...