Wk 11 – Art Experience – Turning Pages



  • How can we document ephemeral experiences like Turning Pages?
    • Turning pages is an example of an ephemeral experience and how each of us documented it was by taking pictures of our experience. We also are blogging about our experience as well, which is another way to document an experience. Another way would be to take video of the experience.
  • Can Words & Pictures capture an experience?
    • I believe words and pictures can capture an experience to an extent. Words and pictures can show a viewer what the participant went through, but it won’t be like actually participating in the experience. The words and pictures develop a mental experience for the viewer but leaves out the actual physical experience. Although it is great to “mentally experience” something, to physically experience an event causes you to escape your comfort zone and participate in the world around you.
  • Does the style of the words or images matter?
    • The style of words or images does matter. When an artist creates their art, they make it in a certain way in order to explain their version of the topic. Although they may make a piece of art that seems unconventional, it is for a reason. This unconventionality is their style. The audience may see a certain style and not understand it, but it is done for a reason. So all in all, style does matter because it is how the artist interpreted an event.
  •  Can you think of other ways to share an experience with people who weren’t there to share in it live?
    • Another way to share an experience with people who did not participate would be to video record it. Although, they are not physically there, they can witness every physical aspect of your experience.
  • Does the act of trying to document an experience take you out of the experience?
    • I think that documenting an experience does take you out of the experience, just a little bit. Although you are still participating in the experience, you may not be totally focused in the actual experience. One maybe focused on documenting the experience that they miss out on parts of the experience.

My experience:

For this art experience, I found it to be really interesting. I have never really thought of how the names of the places on campus have slowly become irrelevant. This project really allowed me to question the spaces around me. While we were in the library, I found it really awkward to be reading a book in there. This thought is absolutely bizarre because you should feel comfortable to read a book in a library. It was also weird not taking pictures because it think it would have taken away my focus from not feeling so awkward. When we went to the bookstore it felt much more normal. It was a little weird to take pictures there but it still felt normal. My overall experience was positive because I feel like I am now more aware of what is around me. I do have new insights on the nature of spaces and how they change over time. In both the library and bookstores, books have become obsolete. This change also shows how our technology has taken away books. Books are still being written but are now being digitized.


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