Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Entertaining Hypotheses

"The purpose of art is not realism...the purpose of art is ... distortion"
See neurologist V.S. Ramachandran talk about Neurology and the Passion of Art on 8 Youtube video clips. He explains what he believes our brain's response to art is and why it is different to the response to photographs and realism. Each part is about 10 minutes long. These video clips were asembled by Lenny Bounds. There are other clips there, but Rama is wearing a beige suit with a red tie in the opening frame of each except the one with the Matisse.

Don't have time, watch part 4 only where where he talks about the purpose of art. What do you think???

This guy is my scientific hero--I lie down at his feet and whimper he is so brilliant. Actually, he is quite approachable and sociable, having met him at a conference and had a brief discussion with him on synaesthesia.

1 comment:

  1. I disagree with him - the purpose of art, true, is not to copy [tho in times before photography, it was a means of recording] but nor is it to present distortion... it is to selectively re-present reality according to the artist's fundamental views of what is important... that is [using painting as example], it presents a universe within the four sides [with the artist as the creator] and within that universe is presented the aspects of this reality which the artist considers worthy of showing - it is, in effect, making a metaphysical statement here, that what is seen is important [including the amount of detail, relationships between the objects within, etc] and by implication, what is omitted is not considered as important, within the context of what specifically the artists is showing in the particular work...