Ways of Seeing

Our brain helps us perceive the world around us. In the same way, our eyes are a kind of corridor connecting our brain with the outside world. However, according to the video The Way of Vision, episode 1, Berger claims that many factors influence the perception of what we see.

Art is important for each of us because it helps us to see and feel the time in which the work was created. In any case, each of us sees the same picture in different ways, and this, as the author states, may depend on different personal views, culture, gender, or external influences.

According to Berger, with the advent of the camera, many works of art have become available in any format, anywhere and for various purposes. Also, our perceptions of works of art exhibited in museums differ from their reproductions published in books or broadcast on screens. Through the approach of the camera to various places of the whole image, we can see a lot of small details bearing a completely different meaning. Berger says reproductions are the form of information. Moreover, art as a whole can be considered as documented moments of individual events of different eras. At the same time, creating a work, the artist experiences a range of emotions that he shares with us through artworks.

Berger also states that paintings can talk to the viewer and can also be still, creating silence. There are paintings that show silence, but when interacting with different sounds, the canvas begins to radiate a sound mood, conveying a completely different picture to the viewer. I believe that this changing perspective of the visibility and perception of art is directly related to our brain. Therefore, thanks to our consciousness, we can see and create the beauty of art.

1 thought on “Ways of Seeing

  1. tenzin w paling

    Reproductions has given viewer opportunity to experience paintings without living the comfort of home. The experiences less remarkable but satisfying to have seen how the painting looks. It can still give us the moment to interpret in stillness and silence of room. The artist message can be perceived by viewers. However, the moment art is manipulated with camera movement or a sound involvement, the whole context of art changes. As Berger point out in the last part of video, the commentator on art by Frans Hal makes art interpretation on his term and not in the sense of viewers. The art book example given by Berger also states that text makes the accessible reproduction inaccessible. Therefore, I too believe, whole interpretation of an art relates very much on how our brain plays well with many attributes surrounding the reproduction.

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