Art in the Making
Art in the Making
The evolutionary origins of visual art as a communication signal
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Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1 Art unfolding: Studying the origins of visual art 1.1 Pleistocene visual art: An outline of definitions 1.2 Research approaches to the origins of art 1.3 Cooperation as and explanatory framework of human evolution Chapter 2 From the cradle to the cave: A survey of Pleistocene visual art 2.1 Archaeological periods in focus: The MSA and EUP 2.2 Pleistocene visual art: Identification and attribution 2.3 Tracing the origins of Pleistocene visual art: A general survey 2.4 Trends in the development of Pleistocene visual art 2.5 Conclusion Chapter 3 The art of courtship: Geoffrey Miller's mate choice model 3.1 Sexual selection and mate choice theory: The background 3.2 The bowerbird and the artist: Key arguments 3.3 Visual art as a courtship display: Critical assessment 3.4 Test against the archaeological record of visual art 3.5 Conclusion Chapter 4 Life Artified: Ellen Dissanayake's ethological model 4.1 The biological study of behaviour: The background 4.2 The artification hypothesis: Key arguments 4.3 What is art for? Critical assessment 4.4 Test against the archaeological record of visual art 4.5 Conclusion Chapter 5 Art in mind: Steven Mithen's model of cognitive evolution 5.1 The evolution of human cognition: The background 5.2 The prehistory of the mind: Key arguments 5.3 A mind for art: Critical assessment 5.4 Test against the archaeological record of visual art 5.5 Conclusion Chapter 6 Art signals: Communication, cooperation, and the origins of visual art 6.1 Visual art as a communication signal 6.2 Who art thou? Cooperation, memory & identity 6.3 The borne identity: Visual art's origins 6.4 Test against the archaeological record of visual art 6.5 Conclusion Concluding Remarks Summary of the chapters Limitations of the research Suggestions for future research Final reflections Bibliography Summary in Dutch Curriculum Vitae

L. Mendoza Straffon

Art in the Making

The evolutionary origins of visual art as a communication signal

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The corpus of art from the Pleistocene has grown substantially in recent decades, and with it, the earliest evidence of visual art has become much older than previously anticipated, going back over 100,000 years. This new information has rendered some traditional ideas about the recent origins of visual art obsolete. Existing archaeological and evolutionary models that aim to explain the mergence of visual art should now be reassessed in light of current data. That is the aim of this book. First, it reviews the earliest examples of different forms of visual art in two important archaeological periods of human artistic innovation, the height of the African Middle Stone Age, and the European Early Upper Palaeolithic. It then takes a critical view at three influential origins-of-art models, namely, the sexual selection model, the social cohesion model, and the cognitive evolution model. Finally, it offers an alternative proposal that redefines visual art as a communication signal and, using the archaeological evidence, relates its emergence and development to the evolution of human cooperation strategies. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the debate of the origins of art and the evolution of modern human cognition, behaviour, and culture.