Artistic Manifestation

We explain what an artistic manifestation is and what are the characteristics of the performing, plastic, sequential arts and more.

Visitors are surrounded by colorful light projections at Tokyo's digital art museum.Visitors are surrounded by colorful light projections at Tokyo's digital art museum.
Artistic manifestations are expressive means placed at the service of creativity.

What is an artistic manifestation?

Artistic manifestations are all those forms or expressions linked to art, which may or may not be part of traditional fine arts. It is an “umbrella” term, that is, it encompasses very different artistic phenomena, such as painting, theater, circus, dance, collage, among many others.

In a strict sense, any form of art can be considered an artistic manifestation, even those that enjoy greater legitimation and prestige. This is because, from a sociological point of view, nothing distinguishes traditional art forms from minority ones, since in both cases they are expressive means placed at the service of people’s creativity.

The fruits of this expression can be lasting and universal (what we know as a work of art, like a Renaissance opera) or they can be ephemeral and local (what is often called folklore, like the ritual dances of an African ethnic group). In both cases, we are dealing with an artistic manifestation, that is, the satisfaction of an expressive need.

Below we will see some examples of artistic manifestations.

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Performing Arts

Those are known as performing arts. artistic manifestations that take place on stagein front of an audience summoned as an audience, and whose fundamental element is the human body, either by itself or with clothing and implements.

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Examples of this type of artistic manifestations are dance, opera, theater, circus arts, mime and other similar forms of artistic expression.

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The plastic arts

Visitors observe works of contemporary visual arts in a museum.Visitors observe works of contemporary visual arts in a museum.
The plastic arts usually create works with a certain two- or three-dimensionality.

Those are known as plastic arts. artistic manifestations that involve the handling of materials for aesthetic purposes, through different tools, techniques and combination and transformation mechanisms. The result is usually a work endowed with a certain bi or three-dimensionality, which can be appreciated mainly by sight.

Examples of this artistic manifestation are painting and sculpture, collage, crafts, goldsmithing, jewelry, among others.

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The sequential arts

It is known as sequential arts. artistic manifestations that build a story through the organized union of its fragments. This can be done through mechanical devices, such as the cinema, whose screen shows 72 images per second to create the illusion of movement; or through reading conventions, as is the case of the comic strip, which separates its panels by a white space.

Photonovelas, the stop motionand other similar forms of animation.

The audiovisual arts

Audiences watch a film outdoors at a film festival in Amsterdam.Audiences watch a film outdoors at a film festival in Amsterdam.
The audiovisual arts require devices that allow images or sound to be captured and reproduced.

Audiovisual arts are known as those that use the senses of hearing and sight for aesthetic purposes, either in unison or separately. Many of these artistic manifestations are typical of the modern world, as they require a recording device that allows images or sound to be captured and reproduced, generally after a meticulous editing or montage process. Others are even more recent, as they are typical of the digital world.

Examples of this type of artistic manifestations are animation, cinema, short films, video art, video poetry, digital art, among others.

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The musical arts

Indian musicians and dancers perform their artistic performances in traditional costumes.Indian musicians and dancers perform their artistic performances in traditional costumes.
The musical arts can sometimes be combined with the performing arts.

It is known as musical arts those that involve rhythm and sound, in such a way as to produce more or less complex arrangements of sounds assembled together, capable of evoking emotions in those who listen to them. These arts normally involve certain types of musical instruments (string, wind, percussion, etc.) and also the human voice.

Examples of this type of artistic manifestations are music, singing, whistling, twelve-tone music, among others.

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The literary arts

It is known as literary arts artistic manifestations that involve the word, whether written or spoken. They can be rhythmic forms that tend towards the musical, or others that are more cerebral and prosaic, that tell a story or address a topic in original, sensitive or profound ways.

Examples of this type of artistic manifestations are traditional forms of literature, such as the story, the novel and poetry, as well as the copla, the corrido, the contrapunteo or payada, rap, among many others.

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The performance

It is known as performance (from the English “performance”), action art or situational art to a series of avant-garde artistic proposals, linked to conceptual art but of a profound interdisciplinary nature (that is, combining art forms). A performance consists of the aesthetic use of space, time, the human body or the public, to create ephemeral situations and experiencesbut with intense emotional content.

Extremely diverse in its nature, performance can take on radically different styles. Some experimental ones, such as happening wave improand other more conventional ones such as flashmob.

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References

  • “Artistic manifestations” by Liliana Ramírez Oliver. Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo (Mexico).
  • “Artistic manifestations as a didactic tool to improve semiotic processes in school” by Alba Bibiana Suárez Franco, Martha Liliana Pulido Castillo and María Teresa Monsalve Durán. Los Libertadores University Foundation (Colombia).
  • “Artistic expression” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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