The arguments about ‘abstract art’ (compared with ‘real’ art) rage on. But could we soon be having similar debates about data? Or has it already happened?
(The first part of this post is deliberately written from the point of view of an analytic treatment of art. If you’re going to scream, ‘No, you can’t reduce it to that!’, then it’s not aimed at you – but ‘sorry’, anyway.)
‘Abstract art’, sometimes ‘modern art’, divides people. To some, it’s the pinnacle of human achievement, the height of our civilisation; setting us spiritually apart from the functional necessity of other species. To others, it’s a pointless diversion; an excuse for people who can’t read, write or add up to feel worthwhile about themselves and give each other awards and qualifications.