Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Attention and Distraction

Attention and Distraction: Experiencing Video Instillation Art

I was very interested in the fact that the majority of people spend only a few minutes or even a quick glance while in an exhibition. Those few minutes aren't enough for someone to really look, observe and understand the artists intent of the work. It is so easy for us to just wonder through a gallery without taking any notice of the meaning behind video instillation's or the art work. I believe it is necessary to really understand what your looking at and experience the work first hand. People find it hard to become intrigued by something that really holds their attention and find out the meaning of the work without being told. It is very easy for people to loose interest during a video instillation especially if they don't start at the beginning. Unfortunetley distraction is part of the experience one can have while looking at art and video instillation's in an exhibition.

6 comments:

  1. I definitely agree. I feel like few people really spend the time to pay attention to individual pieces and to understand what the artist is trying to get across, especially if the work isn't immediately eye-catching.

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  2. It is very true that spending time observing, internalizing, and analyzing an artwork is an endeavor that few exhibition-goers are not willing to endure. However, those that take the time to indulge in all the facets of truly meaningful artworks certainly leave the exhibition with a deeper understanding of not only the artwork, but of themselves. This deeper understanding of the self is achieved through interpretations of other psyches and lives.

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  3. I agree when you said it's easy to lose interest when watching a vide installation, especially if you come in at the middle. I feel like some of them are so abstract that I just move on to the next piece..if the work is so visually interesting that a viewer can't stop watching, then I think it's succesful

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  4. I definitely agree! It's so easy for people to pass up video art because unlike a traditional painting or sculpture, you actually have to watch and pay attention to understand what the artist is trying to say. Especially if the work does't hold their attention within the first few seconds, then they really are missing out on something that could have potentially been of great interest to them had they kept watching.

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  5. i agree what is said about how little attention can be payed to video art because it requires a lot more time to view than 2-D art, but when there is a serious art viewing crowd such as say in art basel i think that alot of people will pay attention to the video and a video artist can be more experimental and not have to worry too much about. This is due to the fact of how many people are noticing video art as one of the primary forms of contemporary art out there now, and it is only becoming a more prominent medium in the always evolving art world

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