Monday 5 June 2006

Is visual art an anachronism?

Robert Nelson in The Age (27 May 2006)
"Many installations involve walking around, orienting your body to pass through chambers or to take a seat and so on; and some are interactive. I'm starting to get the feeling that the term "visual art" is an anachronism.
"Sometimes, even when you aren't supposed to touch the work in the gallery, it has such a powerful claim on your tactile senses that you're sorely tempted; because the artist has certainly wrought it all with fingertips."
Robert touches on the hidden dimension to our art experience. Here's a challenge for a critic to develop the kind of vocabulary that can reflect our haptic engagement in the hallowed realm of the art gallery.

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