Visiual arts is by far the most open field. But this makes sense because isn’t that what art is all about? Freedom of expression and choice. This is also why art can either br great or uniteresting. The freedom of art allows the creator to create whatever they want. The individual ideas put together is what creates art.
It’s weird how some signs remain timeless, while other signs are popular for awhile and then are discarded. It’s all about what society deems the most important at the time. This is why our signs, symbols etc. are always changing, because society’s ideas about these things are always changing. This is also why some symbols seem like they are in a cylce system. They hold less importance in society for awhile, and then they come back as a really important ten yars later. They never disappear, but cycle.
It’s very interesting to think about how many signs, expressions and symbols I use personally everyday in my life that I don’t give any thought to. But how could these signs etc. not e a part of everyday life when there’s so many out there in the world. Original thoughts are hard to come by. A person can have an orginal thought, that’s original to themselves, but it’s not usully original to the world. So what people have begun to do is to combine these unoriginal symbols, expressions and signs to create something original.
Unoffical language is interesting. It can be interpreted many different ways because usually the language/sign is presented in a random way, in a random location, suprising the viewer. Unoffical signs and language leave the viewer more creative freedom to come up with their own meaning, because these signs are often viewed out of context. Graffetti is a really interesting form of this. Most people dismiss it as gang signs or degregation of property. But there are a lot of graffetti artisits out there that intend their art to have much more meaning than this. The viewer just needs to take the time to recognize this. The unoffical language of a graffeti artisit holds lots of meaning.
Honestly, i did not understand a whole lot of this chapter. I did understand the section on culture legitimacy. Culture applies certain connotations to words and symbols, so these can be combined within a sign to create a universal, cultural meaning for multiple viewers.
By adding language to a sign, the creator is encoding a certain messgae that they want the viewer to understand. By combing this text with images, the creator increases the chances of the viewer understanding that message. Certain images and words triger certain understandings in the reader based on the reader’s knowledge before viewing the sign. The creator takes a risk, just like an artist, by combing certain words and images together in hopes that the viewer/reader will come away with an understanding of the work.
I agree with the Pierce that a creative process is formed between the reader and the sign. This is how the reader creates their own meaning for the sign. How the viewer of the sign forms this creative process is also an individual process. Language is an aide in signs to help the viewer make the right interpretation of the sign that the creator intended. But even still, there are numerous ways to interpret language as well, and its up to the viewer of the sign to make choices about what the language of the sign means to him/her.
It makes sense that art is becoming increasingly more intertwined with the digital world. The digital realm offers artisits many creative tools that they can not find anywhere else. I think it’s interesting that photography is one of the first mediums that was affected by digital media. Film photographers seem to have an attitude that mixing digital media with photography is not true photography. I think that there are times where the digital tools enhance the work even further.
I never really thought about how complicated visible signs are and how they ceate meaning for me without me ever giving it a second thought. Pierce’s interpretation of semiosis was interesting. Sometimes while looking at a sign there is a negotiation between what the sign is meant to be interpreted as and the way the viewer actually forms a meaning of the sign. The quote, “The important thing to remember is that where there is choice, there is meaning,” is so true. People create their own meaning based on the choices they make while looking at something. They can chose to see it one way, or chose to see it another way, and that choice forms the meaning of what they are seeing.
“Digital Art” : It doesn’t come as a suprise to me that artists were one of the first groups to experiment with the digital medium, especially the internet. What a great way for them to get their art work out there for millions of people to see. The digital world opened a whole new world of art and concepts for artisits to explore. It was suprising to me to learn that as early as the 1960’s, computers were used to create artwork.
“Visible Signs” : It was interesting how Crow related language to visible signs and showed how people already have preconcieved reactions to both ;language and visible signs based on what they expect, and not on the actual contents a lot of times.
“Free Culture” : It’s interesting how the author argues for free culture. It’s hard to see how a truly free culture will ever exsists with so many copyrights etc. that are out there in the world today. The author argues that free culture can be achieved and people can still be paid. I am interested to see how the author proves this throughout the rest of the book.