March 10th, 2008

breaking bad

Looking and seeing

I've always been fascinated by the idea of being able to see (hear, read whatever) a work of art through the mind of another person. A person with a rich inner life would have a more exciting experience (surely). What if a non-SF fan could experience vicariously what the SF fan is getting out of these opaque texts? What if I could hear what H hears when he listens to the guitar?

Here are two examples which show you what people who don't 'get' art see when they look at paintings. The first I think is just a demonstration of ignorance, but the second is more worrying.
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