Cave of Forgotten Dreams discussion

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In 3-4 sentences answer this discussions

In Werner Herzog’s film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the viewer is taken on a tour of the Paleolithic murals from 30,000 BCE in the Chauvet Cave located in France. The filmmaker discusses the artists’ possible “vision” for the mural paintings.

  1. Answer the following questions:
    • Do you feel the Paleolithic artists considered how visitors would perceive their art?
    • How do you see the mural paintings as objects that go beyond an inventory or utilitarian observational tool?

    Here’s a link for a video that you must watch before you do this discussion…

  2. After you get this done, I want you to write a Respond to at least one classmate’s post by offering additional details or ideas, a different perspective, or links to interesting, relevant articles. Conclude with a question or new idea to further stimulate the discussion.
  3. Here’s two post you need to respond to just one of them!

1- I don’t think that artists during the Paleolithic time considered how visitors would perceive their art. Actually, I’m not sure I believe that the people during the Paleolithic times would have considered themselves as “artists” or should be considered today as such. It seems to me more likely that the art found in the caves was a way for the people to tell their stories, remember aspects of their lives, and record their findings. I also think the pictures served as a way for the people to communicate with each other in the absence of written language. I do think the paintings were also a form used for what we would call fun, but I don’t think it was necessarily art but just a form of expression.

2-I am honestly on the fence about whether Paleolithic artist considered how visitors would perceive their work. I want to say they did based on the location they chose for their artwork. If they did not want people to possibly view their work in the future they could have done it on a smaller, more personal scale. At the same time, I want to say they did not because I don’t think they anticipated the future response that the artwork would receive. The mural paintings go beyond an inventory because like many artists today they used it as an outlet and a way to express what they were interested in while also enjoying it.

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