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Discussion #2

Part 1. By saying that seeing is not natural and that it is shaped by habit and conventions Berger means that what we see is not just the object or image itself but rather our view or mindset of the image or object we are looking at.  Our view or mindset is influenced by many things some of which are our environment, our upbringing, our societal status, our age, our gender, our mental state and society’s opinion on how we are supposed to view and perceive something.  The list can go on and on and it is basically the sum total of our experiences in life and society’s norms which influence how we view or see things.  And because of this, different people will view the same piece of art differently.

Part 2.  According to Berger the camera has changed our senses of perception because now we could not only see things that we could never see before, but we could also see them in different ways.  Regarding artwork the camera could reproduce images in any size, anywhere and for any purpose.  As for the “stillness” and “silence”, which he attributes to viewing art in a museum, what he means is that this experience goes beyond just what people teach about art.  In fact he goes on to say that it seems that viewing art in this manner connects the moment in time the painting represents with the moment in time in which you are viewing it.  He then adds that this experience almost makes one question how we measure time itself.  He also says the reason why this type of viewing is different from seeing art in a book or on screen is because the latter two mediums are never still, and always moving.

Part 3. By saying reproductions of paintings can become a form of information Berger is saying that the images can be used to convey a certain idea or narrative.  This information could be further manipulated by what comes before, along side or after the images.  He then goes on to say that this type of manipulation can be seen as talking.  The images and how they’re presented could be seen as words in a dialogue used for many different purposes.  Some of these purposes may include selling something, promoting an idea or movement, or educating people.

4 thoughts on “Discussion #2

  1. Jenell Cancel

    I like how you mention that images can be used as words in a dialogue because not many people understand how images help us communicate with those who don’t have speech abilities. Or how we may use an image to promote an idea or belief because its an easier attention grabber than words to a chalkboard.

  2. Sumitra Budhathoki Dhungel

    I agree with you that how the cameras have change our sense of perception because now such icon are everywhere. For an example, at you home you don’t need to go any where or in museum to see such arts.

  3. Valentina Bedoya

    I agree with what you said about the sum of our experiences in life and society influences how we see things, because I think the norms and ‘taboos’ of the society in which we live play a significant role when seeing an artwork

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