Once I figured out that learning doesn’t necessarily require immediate understanding, I got really excited!
This was a whole new way of looking at things for me!
During one of our classes, our teacher showed us this short video:
Even though this dance has no explicit meaning, it leaves you with an aftertaste. You’re not sure what just happened, but it’s intense, it’s jarring, it’s sad, it’s bittersweet… I feel appreciation, even though I feel no understanding (in the traditional sense of understanding).
At the end of the second week, we went to the college museum. We went to see an exhibit by Haim Steinbach. When I read the description, I almost laughed out loud. Okay, I was at peace with confusion and not understanding now. But this? How could I appreciate this?
Really? But when I read his explanation for it, I wanted to like it immediately. He said that when we look at things in everyday life, we define them by their context. When you see something in a kitchen, then you usually assume it’s used for cooking. But what he’s doing is experimenting with our perception. What if you take something out of it’s context? What is its definition now? He wants us to ask “Why is the the dog toy next to the woman? What do they have to do with eachother?” Because maybe then, we’ll think of those objects differently. That was my take on it anyway.
So that’s my new perspective on art now. Thanks to L&T, I am way more open to new things. Obviously, these two posts aren’t going to convince you––you may be thinking, “I still don’t see what the big deal is,” or “Okay, college has gotten to her, she’s nuts!”
But you really need to immerse yourself in an environment like L&T to free your inhibitions. Even if that doesn’t change your view on art, it will show you that there are so many new paths for you to explore, and you didn’t see them before because they don’t look like paths; some go up, some go down, and some bend around sideways in a möbius strip to more questions.