How Art Can Help Us Analyze.

In this Ted Talk that is presented by Amy Herman which shes answers how art can help us analyze. She explains and presents a view that the way you analyze and perceive an art work could be translated in to the real world that can help law enforcement agents, doctors, nurses and many other professions alike gain real world skills through art analysis . She explains that doing this is a way that can help them be better situated and analytical for the many issues that may arise from their profession work thus making them “better at it”.

It’s ridiculous to me how she compares each example with an art work demonstrating that knowing how to analyze art work would help in a situation with a doctor diagnosing a patient illness, or a police officer not accurately stating the amount of robbers there are in a stressful problem  or the office in solving a crime scene by sketching details of a criminal features which a traumatized victim would remember their key features that distinct them??  Art doesn’t help them analyze real life situations that are complex and difficult to them but rather each of the respected professions had to undergo their training and major on their study so that could attain the experience and preparation needed in their careers.

If a doctor, nurse or a cop needed to hone their skills they could simply reach out to other colleagues in their field or go and even train themselves to better understand the situation that they may face. While I could see what  shes trying to claim, it just seems plausible without any concrete backings from any studies,trials or evidence I simply can’t take this bluntly or sensibly.

What are your thoughts regarding this? I simply am dazzled by how she didn’t see without any proof that anyone would go along with her claim, watching the clip just gets me confused and flabbergasted. All of her examples were just based on a single artwork and basic situations. I don’t even like art in anyway as it’s very complex and tense for me but even I would be able to tell not to equate professions that are risky and critical to our daily lives to art analysis, that’s just undermining the efforts and training they went through to reach to the point where they can be in service of others .If anything it could help develop your analytical skills but art is not the first thing I would have in my mind for cops and doctors to undergo for their development and training,

6 thoughts on “How Art Can Help Us Analyze.

  1. Paul Fess

    Rahid, I see your point here, but I don’t think this presenter is claiming that learning how to look at art should replace professional training. I think what she’s saying is that learning how to analyze art helps us develop more flexible and insightful ways of looking at the world. This is because art, by its very nature, reframes our perspective. When we look at a painting our line of sight is focused within the artist’s view of his or her subject, which gives us a different perspective than we might otherwise have had. The logic goes that this will change our visual approaches to other areas of life.

    I understand your resistance to this idea; there are others who feel the same way. However, professions are using artistic techniques, for instance, many doctors are now using what’s called “narrative medicine” to help with their diagnoses of illnesses.

    1. Rahid Uddin Post author

      Perhaps you are right I was too critical and quick to judge the video presented by Amy Herman regarding her view. This is just due to my own conflict as I most certainty don’t like speaking of,reflecting or thinking regarding any subjects with art as I’ve already struggled with this type of work back in high school and seeing how I have to deal with such similar subjects again where I don’t understand any aspects of it. Even at this moment I’m just puzzled and hesitating due to my concern of not completing this assignment correct or rather doing properly as I should be when it comes to my blog post.

      When it comes to art I would often hear there’s no right or wrong but the way my mind works is based on thinking that’s reasonable and logical to me. I can’t analyze are or thing outside of the box, I just don’t have that type of creativity in me. One thing I did get out of this video however was to show me that I should analyze any art work I come across and see if there’s anything odd, mysterious or if the artist was trying to convey something.

  2. Valentina Bedoya

    I agree with you, art is not the first thing i would have in mind for the training of a doctor or a cop. However I do think that art helps you analyze things better and look at the small details, for example in the painting of the train emerging from the chimney there were so many things to realize like the clock that was marking a hour but the light coming through the window was unusual for that hour, looking carefully at art can help you realize things like that, and that could be useful in a crime scene. We live in a visual world and we have to train our eyes to see beyond the common, and i think art is a good way to do it.

    1. Rahid Uddin Post author

      While yes I could your point regarding this point of view, I usually like facts or studies or anything concrete supporting that this is a good way to help train ourselves or in the video example the professions that often have to be analytical of their jobs. These example seems to be based on emotional logic If that’s a thing lol. However if I were to train myself I would definitely feel as if I’m doing something since I often analyze everything too much and just overthink instead 😶

  3. Lily Ingram

    I agree that by no means should art be the go-to method for teaching analytical skills to cops and doctors. However, I think that the idea is that art can be another type of method to sharpen those skills. When I looked at the painting in the video, I never once considered that there were no train tracks. I didn’t question the train floating in the air, as opposed to being on the floor where the fire would have been at all. I would argue that being able to point out details like this could be a good test for professionals. Analyzing art isn’t something you would traditionally study for when becoming a detective or a doctor, but can still be a solid measure of a person’s attention to detail.

    1. Rahid Uddin Post author

      That sounds like a well idea, using artwork similar to what was shown in the video could help determine how a person finds detail. I reacted the same way and hadn’t considered anything oddly placed in the art piece shown as I wasn’t concentrated on that but more on the work I had upcoming for this assignment.

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