The arts: why is it not valued in a capitalist society?

What is the purpose of art?  Well, according to the Ted Talks speaker, Hadi Eldebeck: ”The arts brings meaning to life, it is the spirit of our culture, it brings people together, and it´s a force of creativity and social cohesion.”

And yet, despite this undeniable truth, why do we invest so little in the arts? Why are artists valued so poorly? And, why do we actively discourage people from developing careers in the arts?

Improve your listening comprehension by listening to Hadi´s presentation.  And don´t worry if you think the level will be too difficult, there are spanish subtitles that you can turn on, or turn off.

To be filmed in.. which country?

In what country is this well-known tourist landmark?

rbClues:

1. The official religion of this country is Buddhism
2. According to recent statistics, there are 67 million inhabitants living in this country,
3. It is a well-known fact that some scenes from the chick-flick film: ‘Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason’, were filmed in this country.
4. If I wanted to learn how to be a masseuse, I might enrol on a course in this country.

If I had… which country?

In what country is this well-known tourist landmark?

kharnakClues:

1. The official religion of this country is Islam
2. According to recent statistics, there are 82 million inhabitants living in this country
3. It is a well-known fact that some scenes from the James Bond film: ‘The spy who loved me’, were filmed in this country.
4. If I had more money and time, I would definitely visit this country because I’m nuts about eating halawa.

To be made from: which country?

In what country is this well-known tourist landmark?

usClues:

1. It is said that there are 254 countries in the world, and this statue is located in a country which represents 198 different nationalities.
2. The neoclassical sculpture is made from copper, iron and steel.
3. According to the sculpture, the sculpture represents a symbol of freedom and liberty.
4. It is well known that this statue was a gift by the French.
5. If you were me, you would have been to this country 5 times.

To represent: which country?

In what country is this well-known tourist landmark?

aonClues:

1. In a city close to where this statue is placed, a popular way of saying hello is: ‘wey aye, man’
2. This contemporary sculpture is made from steel
3. According to the sculpture , the sculpture represents the transition from an industrial age to an information era
4. It is well known that most of the funding for this project came from the National Lottery

To create: which famous graffiti artist painted this?

Which famous graffiti artist painted this?

iyrClues:

1. The artist is British.
2. Until 2014 nobody knew the identity of this artist.
3. It was recently reported that over a period of 10 years this artist created over 500 different graffiti in the city of London.
4. If you think painting on public property is a crime, you will think this artist is a vandal. I, on the other hand, think he’s a genius!

To be hung: who painted this?

Which famous painter painted this?

mlClues:

  1. The painter was born in Italy.
  2. It is hung in a magnificent art gallery in Paris.
  3. It is a well-known fact that this is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Curiously, despite this fact, I can’t stand it.
  4. If you were an art collector, you would definitely want to purchase this canvas.

People and Places Video: Art and the Streets of London

LondonTaking art to the streets of London. Take a stroll with Charles for a walk around the lively London streets of Soho and Covent Garden and find out why  the National Gallery is putting 44 life-size, framed paintings on the walls of alleyways, shops and restaurants.

You can also read the transcript if you need help to understand the interview.