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On first viewing, many people do not notice the gorilla.
In other words, they had no experience of the gorilla moving among the players, even though the stimulus must have created all kinds of neural firing in their brains.
This is happening to us all the time: we fail so see large parts of the potential visual information reaching our brains.
Where does our attention usually go? In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: do we perceive beauty?
In everyday places: do we perceive “art”?
Perception needs attention, attention needs time for looking at things carefully.
Art needs time to be discovered.
A realistic monochrome picture of a lavatory seat.
A transparent plastic box full of second-hand dentures.
A tinned blackbird signed by the artist.
A tailor´s dummy painted white.
A canvas bundle tied with 100.000 different pieces of string.
A toothpaste tube twelve years old.
A blown-up detail of a strip-cartoon.
Is this not perhaps the mirror of our society,
where the incompetent landlubbers are at the helm, where deceit is the rule, where hypocrisy is mistaken for respecting the opinions of others, where human relationships are falsified, where corruption is the norm, where scandals are hushed up, where a thousand laws are made and none obeyed?
Bruno Munari (1970)
Design As Art
© 2005, Space Innovation, Labbeus Woods. Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art
Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the best musicians in the world – Joshua Bell – played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollar at a metro station in Washington DC. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work (two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100).
And how did they react?
For the most part, not at all. More than a thousand people entered the Metro station as Bell worked his way through a set list of classical masterpieces, but only a few stopped to listen. Some dropped money in his open violin case (for a total of about $27), but most never even stopped to look
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
Full article here (from Washington Post.)