Ellen Dissanayake

"We can begin a discussion of artmaking by noting that from very early (as long ago as 200,000 years), humans have been naturally attracted to the extraordinary as a dimension of experience and that at some point they seem also to have been moved to make the ordinary extraordinary—that is, to shape or elaborate everyday, mundane reality and thereby transform it into something special, different from the everyday."

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Why we have art and music
15 June 2013
20 minute interview on The Science Show, Radio National, ABC (Australia)

What is the (Adaptive) Value of Art?
16 August 2011
By Ellen Dissanayake