Connecting the beholder with the artwork : Thoughts on gaining liveliness by the usage of paraphernalia
Carbon, Claus-Christian (2023): „Connecting the beholder with the artwork : Thoughts on gaining liveliness by the usage of paraphernalia“. London: Sage Publishing doi: 10.1177/20416695231162010.
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When we attend sculptures in museums, they might fascinate us due to the mastery of the material, the inherent dynamics of body language or due to contrapposto or the sheer size of some of these statues such as Michelangelo's David. What is less convincing, however, is the life-alikeness of the face. Actually, most visitors experience dead faces, dead eyes, and static expressions. By merely adding paraphernalia to a face (e.g., a facemask or sunglasses), such unalive sculptures gain vividness and liveliness. This striking effect is demonstrated by applying a facemask and sunglasses to a sculpture on public display in Bamberg, but it can easily be demonstrated on any available sculpture. This simple method might help connect people with sculptures or artworks, in general, to lower the barrier between the beholder and artwork and increase their interaction.
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September 4, 2023