Mobility: Cars as Art and Cultural Assets
Cars have long been valued no longer only by collectors and speed lovers. Art is also increasingly concerned with the subject of mobility. Mankind has been concerned with rapidly developing mobility for centuries, from cars for personal use, buses for public use, and towing trucks for public service. But really, the car plays a central role.
Understanding How mobility is changing society
For more than 250 years, mobility has been fundamentally changing our society. The invention of the railroad represented the first central step towards this, which was taken up in the world of art. For a long period, which actually lasts to the present day, the car has, however, played the central role. Since art is always interested in documenting and depicting such a change, it also takes on the topic per se.
The mere fact that it is also an object of use cannot be a reason to deny the car any artistic claim. Of course, individual locomotion has a very technical side to it. If, for example, car mechanics are looking for suitable parts, they will choose them purely for practical reasons. This is now also possible on the Internet.
Cars in exhibitions and museums
A particularly important argument in favor of including the car as a cultural asset is how we handle special items. There have long been large museums in which the manufacturers retrace their company history based on particularly important pieces. There is also the opportunity to let your eyes wander through the decades in the exhibition and come across one or the other exciting exhibit.
The fact that these exhibitions are met with great public interest speaks for itself in practice. Masses of visitors choose to take a look behind the scenes and get up close and personal with models that they themselves do not consider affordable. The admiration that shows up over and over again is an indicator of the importance of the car in this regard.
Art as a criticism of technology
If art deals with the car, it does not always have to have a positive response. Again and again, the clear criticism of the technology plays a role, which can be heard from the exhibits. Ecological aspects in particular always play a central role in this criticism.
Maybe wear art and culture, therefore, are an important part of the fact that the necessary transformation can succeed well and quickly to alternative fuels. Because their work is capable of creating the public outrage that is essential for progress in this regard. This is another reason why it is worth keeping an eye on these current developments. There will definitely be other contributions from committed artists that deal with the current issue and get to the bottom of this development.