Changes in art: market forces or evolution? A response to Colin Martindale

Dickins, Thomas E. (2009) Changes in art: market forces or evolution? A response to Colin Martindale. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 27 (2). pp. 159-165. ISSN 0276-2374

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Abstract

Colin Martindale has presented the case for the end of art based on an evolutionary argument that invokes the need for representation and novelty as the key selection pressures. Art is hopelessly doomed to use up novelty and so render itself extinct. In this response I take issue with Martindale's use of evolutionary theory and then with his notion of novelty. I conclude that a better conceptual framework might be that of the market and of game theory. To begin with, however, I briefly outline evolutionary theory in order to lay the groundwork for subsequent arguments.

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Citation: Dickins, T.E (2009) Changes in Art: Market Forces or Evolution? Empirical Studies of the Arts 27 (2) 159-165.

Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
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