Wk11/ Art Experience / Turning Pages

How can we document ephemeral experiences like Turning Pages?

  • I think ephemeral experiences such as Turning Pages are documented cognitively. Our minds can keep the memory of experiences, and it is just like documenting on paper, except in our mind. However, there are also photos which is a primary source in documenting experiences. They show what happened at the moment  when the photo was taken. Photos are unique in documentation because it has a variety of answers, in fact, the answer is up to one’s own choice.

Can words and pictures capture an experience?

  • I think that words and pictures go hand in hand when trying to capture an experience. Words can explain with much detail, but can’t have the appeal that pictures have. But while pictures can give great visual detail, they can’t actually “explain” the meaning behind a picture. But if they both go together, such as a picture with a description or even just a title, it can capture the experience in countless ways.

D0es the style of the words or images matter? For example, a blurred photo is less precise but might capture more of the experience of motion of a dancer, musician, or other active event. A poem might be a less precise description of an event, but it might offer access to the feelings of the art.

  • The style of the words or images do matter, for they help with capturing the emotion and feelings. Words do this by using certain words to convey a certain mood. For example, a love story would use more words that express matrimony or intimacy. Images can do something similar such as focusing on one certain point in an image and blurring out the rest.

Can you think of other ways to share an experience with people who weren’t there to share in it live?

  • Well, with the advancement of technology there is an app called Periscope which allows you to stream what you are doing live through your mobile phone.

Does the act of trying to document an experience take you out of the experience? For example if you’re trying to photograph something as it happens, does the camera insert an experiential distance between you and the event?

  • It definitely does create a gap between the experience and yourself. By using  a phone ,camera, or notebook, you are taking yourself out of the experience. I think it is like taking notes in class. You are there writing out the information given to you into your paper while people that aren’t taking notes are writing out information into their brain. When you go back and read your notes, it will recollect your memories of what you heard, but those that didn’t take notes have the experience to recollect.

I think this week’s art experience was pretty cool. We all met at the same place on Thursdays and we went to the library to read books. We picked out a book and went down to where the computers are in the Library(I don’t know my floors very well). After we read, we would switch books. Then we went to the Bookstore and did the same thing. The difference between these two experiences was that we were only allowed to take photos in the bookstore. It was kinda weird that a “bookstore” sells things like clothes, computers, and even guitars, but it is called a bookstore. Overall, this experience allowed me to think about the unique qualities of ephemeral experiences. How if anyone outside of CSULB were to ask me about our experience in the library, how could I give them proof?


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