Who are you to judge? You don’t know the context!

“Oh just another “musician” trying to fool everyone with some simple jazz tunes…. Such a wannabe jazz player… He just wants my money…”

“Does that girl really want money for her paintings… They’re so weird and creepy… Who would want to pay so much for that… Its not even that great… She’s probably just one of the thousands of art school kids that think they’re going to be the next big thing…”


            Thoughts run instantly through people’s minds the moment they perceive something, that is just part of human nature. It is incredible however, that the initial thought can change drastically once a person is given some contextual information.

Example 1:
HONY jazz player
Source: Facebook; Humans of New York
"Sometimes artists just want to be seen or heard and its not about the money."

Example 2:

Source: Union Square; Nameless Artist
"I did these while I was recuperating in the Rape Crisis Center."

            Both example 1 and example 2 depicted people that were put in their rightful context. Performers and artists often have an underlying passion or story that drives them to put their talent on display to the public. This drive however, is often unseen because people do not have the full context and therefore have a different perception of them. Similar to Katherine Hayles’ writing that context changes the meaning and interpretation of information, performances are changed by the context because it gives the audience an entirely different interpretation and perspective.

~ by diglitchristine on October 15, 2013.