Comments Box

I’ve had to clear some of the comments off the walls of the Comments Box to make room for new ones.  Here is some of what visitors had contributed:

The world will end when…
The bees die!
Everything has no purpose.
We least expect it.
When a new beginning starts.
Principles of a new belief system…
We must love people and use things, not love things and use people.
Every day is full of possibilites.
Believe in yourself first.

13 responses to “Comments Box

  1. Hmm… interesting comment that the world will end "when we least expect it", implying that we will still be here when the world ends! Maybe we'll be long extinct by then. It's ironic how difficult we find it to think of a world that can continue without us.

  2. The Exhibition Discussion this afternoon started with the big questions – Is this art? What is art? A small group but big questions! Leading the way was a 13 – 14 year old boy who was grappling with these issues and the adults with him keen also to explore the ideas. People were happier with Ways The World End as art than, for example Colliders, or the video installations (Messiah could be – and was – described as 'ideas with music', but, people wanted to know, does that make it art? The aesthetic qualities of the former made people want to engage, were pleasing in their own right. With Colliders people just felt the work "looked boring" so didn't make the effort to engage and find the art in it. This raised all sorts of discussion about whether the artist has a responsibility to engage the viewer, or whether the role is simply to create the work and trust that people attending a gallery will make the effort to look for what lies beneath the superficially banal. This is interesting because it ties in with the belief systems being explored and exposed within the exhibition as a whole. In our individual belief systems perhaps we all have a belief of what art is or should be, and people react to that being challenged in the same way as they react to other beliefs being challenged, often with quite intense reactions.

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