Ways of seeing (film) – John Beager
* If we understand a painting, we can also discover ourselves and the situation in which we’re in.
* The process of seeing painting tends to be more natural than we believe.
* Perspective is unique to the European art, which makes the eye the center of the visible world.
* The camera shows the world only the way it can see it, recording one movement after the other with complex combinations.
* The invention of the camera changed, not only what we see, but also how we see it.
* It reproduces paintings to make it available anywhere at any time for any purpose (not at one place at one time anymore) with different sizes and contexts.
* A part of the life and individuality of a building is the paintings that represent records and memories of this place. Everything around the painting consolidates its meaning.
* An extreme example of this is the icon that marks the place of its meaning.
* Now with the invention of the camera, it belongs to no place. The image travels to you instead of you traveling to the image. The meaning becomes transmittable.
* However, the original paintings are still unique and authentic because they still differ from the photographed ones.
* The stillness and uninterrupted silence of a painting can be very striking. It connects the moment it represents with the moment you’re looking at it.
* That’s why they can be manipulated by movement and sound by the camera. It can remove or change a detail to make it better.
* With the movement of the camera, some paintings can be showed as landscapes.
* Music and rhythms that are played over a picture change the significance of it.
* When the meaning of a painting becomes transmittable, it can be manipulated and transformed by the camera, words and music. It becomes no longer consistent.
* When paintings are reproduced, they become a form of information.
* The meaning of a painting can change...