artificial (adj.) late 14c., “not natural or spontaneous,” from Old French artificial, from Latin artificialis “of or belonging to art,” from artificium “a work of art; skill; theory, system,” from artifex (genitive artificis) “craftsman, artist, master of an art” (music, acting, sculpting, etc.)

Meaning “made by man, contrived by human skill and labor” is from early 15c. The word was applied from 16c. to anything made in imitation of, or as a substitute for, what is natural and intentionally made as opposed to its the natural origin. Latin artifici?lis belonging to art, from artificium skill, artifice, comes from the root word ART implying that art is a copy or imitation of reality.

Allan Banford Artificial installation shows how the word «art» itself does not imply that «art is made of emotions.» It does imply, however, the use of skill, and that in turn implies the presence of a mind that directs that skill consciously towards a goal. Thus, «ARTtificial» ultimately refers to that which is a product of a mind and, by extension, make us feel emotions.

Allan Banford