“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions…” David Hume, A Treatise on Human Nature Emotions first, cognition second is the best way to perceive art, even contemporary art. We feel independently from the way we Continue reading Why I Hate Most Art Criticism: Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament and Music
Can art be experienced again as revolutionary? Can we travel back in time to see art as it was initially experienced? Two experiences, one accidental, one deliberate, suggest it can. One of the great shocking moments in classical music is Continue reading An Artistic Experiment in Time Travel
Can technology preserve artworks without changing them? Rothko painted five murals in 1962 for a room on the 10th floor of Harvard’s Holyoke Center. Sunlight and the chemically unstable paints used, caused the paintings to fade. The murals were put Continue reading The Digitization of Eternity: Humans Grow Old and Die, Should Not Art?
Works of art lie. Pictures of works of art deceive. Who has not seen a picture of the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel? You see it as a majestic, inspired act of creation, as awe-inspiring as a work Continue reading The Last Picture Show
Picasso stated that art is a lie, and artistic truth is getting people to understand the truths of those lies. More than the visual or musical arts, film illustrates this principle most dramatically. Faster than the brain can process, visual Continue reading What is Artistic Truth?
Listen to what moves you, and if it isn’t what you expect, rejoice in the surprise.” Susan Bell, The Artful Edit Not everyone is gifted with equal degrees of physical or emotional gifts. Most people could train forever and would Continue reading Understanding Art
Imagine a future in which an art work could be reproduced anywhere at any time. Is this a utopia or a nightmare? In 1928, Paul Valéry wrote a brilliant, short essay entitled “The Conquest of Ubiquity” which imagines how technological Continue reading Art in the Age of Cloud Computing
“Vénus changée en document.” Paul Valéry, Le Problème des Musées in Pièces sur L’Art Viewing an artwork, I do not think about it, I experience it. What is the problem with thinking? Thinking lead to reasoning, reasoning leads to conceptualization. Continue reading Art as Koan