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Surely nearly all gazes in the modern world are culturally trained in some way or other?

Yes, obedience to propriety is one objective of training. My meaning engrosses this (intellectual) dimension of pedagogy --"socialization" if you prefer of both artist and patron-- and, more important, training in techniques of manufacture, that is how to manipulate materials in order to achieve a desired symbolic effect from the material(s) ... not to mention the versimlitude of affect elicited by these artifacts in the "beholder."

In other words, the "untrained gaze" is uninformed.

Mystification of a thing --"art" apposed to "decorative art" for example-- arises, largely, from ignorance of the processes of making it ("Wow, that's awesome!") and the wildly erroneous assumption, the creator is unwilling or unable to control --has no "design upon"-- the media in hand (e.g. Pollack, DADA, any ethnographic fetish).

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 01:26:36 PM EST
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