I recently watched a TED Talk by Sarah Kay, it was spoken word, which I myself really enjoyed (see it below).
After watching it I scrolled down to the comment sections and there was quite the back and forth going about what Sarah Kay had performed was amateur and wasn’t ‘real’ poetry. Many said that it had to be much more powerful, not use mainstream cliches, be more catered to the individual instead of the audience. Others argued that the entire point of spoken word was to connect with the audience, however it may be.
The question I have is what is art then? There seem to be many conflicting views on what makes something art. In my opinion I feel that it is just the expression of an individual that has no purpose but to really be shared with others, a gift if you will. Its not about the recognition or money or fame, but genuinly sharing one’s feelings and experiences. Do you think Sarah Kay’s work was art or not?