Magnifying Glass

What does a magnifying glass do? On one hand it magnifies. That thing in front of you that seemed so trivial now becomes detailed, intricate and big. If looked through a magnifying glass, the subject becomes more important and understandable to the person viewing. On the other hand, tilt the magnifying glass ever so slightly, it will capture the light and burn anything in it’s way. The thing that seemed so magnified and important is destroyed within minuted.

People view art differently, but art creates conversation. A conversation that is worth having.

People view art differently, but art creates conversation. A conversation that is worth having.

Cultures are like that in many ways. Either a person views it with an open mind, studies it and understands its nuances. On the other hand that same magnification could potentially pick apart a culture and destroy it in that person’s eyes. Matthew Fuller in his book “Software Studies: A Lexicon” talks about ‘ethnocomputing’ as the relationship between computing and culture. Through the lens of the various groups of people and cultures that exist in our world, he shows us how their sociocultural backgrounds affect the gains they can get from computing.

Art has a similar response. Where some people view it with great intensity, others just take a quick glancing look. Where some people study it for its technique and meaning, some people enjoy if for its aesthetic beauty. Much like ethnocomputing where there exists miscommunication between different group in the world, are is read differently by people. Ethnocomputing issues can be solved by creating a new system. But what I like about art is the lack of system. The ability to observe how people react to the same thing differently and still enjoy it. Whether the magnifying glass enlarges or burns, it creates conversation. A conversation that is worth having.

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~ by dreamscheme2013 on April 5, 2015.

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