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Discussion question #2

  1. One of the first points John Berger makes is that the act of seeing something is not as objective as we might at first think. Instead, he argues that what we see is conditioned by habits and conventions. What does Berger mean when he says that the process of seeing is not “natural,” that it is shaped by habits and conventions? What kinds of habits and conventions shape the ways we see and how do they do this? Why is this significant when we think about what artworks like paintings mean for viewers?

Berger means when he says that the process of seeing is not “natural,” that it is shaped by habits and conventions because everyone has a different living environment and we judge under many circumstances such as affection of our social vision on us, relationships, our customs, and traditions. Everyone has their own thought. also, we can see in one painting maxed feeling between happiness and sadness at the same time, I think that based on the viewer’s attitude or behavior can impact how to see or feel toward the painting.

2. According to Berger, how has the camera changed our senses of perception? How has this device changed our engagement with works of art? Conversely, Berger describes the experience of being in the presence of an authentic artwork–at a museum, for instance–in terms of “stillness” and “silence.” What does he mean by this? According to Berger, why is seeing an artwork in a museum different from seeing it on a screen or in a book?

The camera changed our senses of perception because the camera can copy the painting but the camera can’t copy the detail s on the painting the painters draw their artwork with specific details that showed in the painting had meaning. seeing an artwork in a museum different from seeing it on a screen or in a book has a different feeling that made you focus on the painting detail. And also you visit the museum to feel and do see the painting. On the other hand, you didn’t pay attention to the painting on the screen or the book you only care about the reading. In addition, you take silent moments with a painting that made you feel the theme of the painting.   

3. What does Berger mean when he describes reproductions of paintings becoming a “form of information?” Paraphrase what he means by his idea of “talking with reproductions.” What is the significance of this?

Now Painting can be manipulated so easily by taking new forms with the new ideas through our situations the uses on social media to express ideas or comics. They edit and write a new message or a new idea no longer residers. Many paintings designs changed. That is a result of  that  meaning have become transmittable.”

   

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