Monday, April 21, 2008

Sensory triggers...

I see a tiger, or I see a picture of a tiger – each experience draws the shape of my consciousness towards a feast of primal sensations: power, fear, instinct, strength, beauty, agility, danger. Toss in vivid colors, exotic shapes and patterns, a vague notion of "who made this?" In short, a thrill. This timid tiger triggers nicely.

In many ways the rendered tiger (photographed, painted, sculpted, etc.) is more interesting than the actual tiger because the artist’s interpretation adds a whole extra layer of information and aesthetic narrative, not to mention it has none of the pesky consequences of "reality." What are the images, the smells, the sounds, the ideas, that send arcs of electricity through your neural netting? Good to know.


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