OUR COLUMNIST BAMBALL WONDERS WHETHER THE CHANGES IN VISUAL REPRESENTATION ARE PUSHING THE AREA OF ‘PRESENCE’ TO AN AREA WHERE WHAT MATTERS IS NOT THE AESTHETIC OBJECT BUT THE ‘EVENT’:
‘The first portion of this comment makes me think of another issue discussed on this blog- the over indulgence in installation and event art. Could it be that we as a culture have become so overwhelmed with images and the virtual world around us, that mere pictorial 2-d and 3-d artistic representations of experience-painting, photography, drawing and traditional notions of sculpture just don’t do it for its anymore. Like the need to replace HD with 3-d television, we desire a heightened means to express ourselves? As we think about ourselves in history, our jaded sense of self and being demands a greater sense of the space for our storytelling and myth making.
We can’t compete with the visual din around is, the only edge we can find is to create a more 4-D understanding. Isn’t the obsessive need for performance and experience and event just the logical next step from spatial experiments of the twentieth century? It’s all because we are overwhelmed with visual detritus in the world around us. It’s the next step. Someday, will expressing ourselves with tools like Photoshop and digital photography feel as anachronistic as a Cubist looking at a pre-Raphaelite? Just a thought or two.