‘An artwork is not a gun which can kill somebody’




TOK TOPICS: Sense Perception, Ethics, Arts, Human Sciences, Emotion


Case Description: Indian graphic artist and designer Orijit Sen is re-working his 1994 fiction River of Stories, considered one of India’s first graphic novels about the story of environmental, social and political issues surrounding the construction of the controversial Narmada Dam. Author believes that human being have a natural affinity to visual imagery but the textually oriented society pushes us away from this innate creative expression. A social activist and an artist is supposed to speak on behalf of humanity with no vested interest and with ability to reach wider audiences not restricted by use of language alone.


TOK LINK: The human brain can process Images multiple times faster than words. Apart from the ability to convey complex themes crucial in social, environmental and political issues, Images hold much more information compared to words or language. Images have a stronger power to invoke Emotion and are of greater significance in communicating Human related matters.


Sample KQs:

What is the reason behind our increasing preference for using the videos as primary source of Information on the Internet ?

Should the artists have complete freedom of creative expression?