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plasticity I

Instal­la­ti­on, 2016, 100 × 100 x 35 cm, Wood, Span­d­ex, Strobe.

Die Rah­men­grös­se der Arbeit pla­s­ti­ci­ty I ent­spricht mit einem Meter Kan­ten­län­ge der Basis­grös­se der Län­ge im Inter­na­tio­na­len Ein­heits­sys­tem. In der Mit­te des Rah­mens ver­formt eine Beu­le die Flä­che und springt dem Betrach­ter ent­ge­gen. Im Abstand von 17-27,2 Sekun­den blitzt ran­do­mi­siert die Pro­jek­ti­on eines Wür­fels auf und nimmt Bezug auf die ermit­tel­te Betrach­tungs­dau­er von Kunst, beschrie­ben in der Publi­ka­ti­on Spen­ding Time on Art[1] von Jef­frey und Lisa Smith.

[1] Spen­ding Time on Art


Con­ven­tio­nal wis­dom among muse­um pro­fes­sio­nals is that art muse­um visi­tors do not spend much time vie­w­ing works of art. The pur­po­se of this stu­dy was to empi­ri­cal­ly inves­ti­ga­te that ques­ti­on as well as to look at the rela­ti­onship that age, gen­der, and group size have on vie­w­ing times. Visi­tors to The Metro­po­li­tan Muse­um of Art were obser­ved as they loo­ked at six mas­ter­pie­ces in the Museum’s coll­ec­tion. A total of 150 indi­vi­du­als loo­king at six pain­tings com­pri­sed the sam­ple for the stu­dy. The obser­va­tions were of natu­ral­ly occur­ring stops at the works of art. The gen­der, group size, esti­ma­ted age, and time spent at the work of art were recor­ded for each encoun­ter. The mean time spent vie­w­ing a work of art was found to be 27.2 seconds, with a medi­an time of 17.0 seconds. Vie­w­ing time was not rela­ted to gen­der or age, but was stron­gly rela­ted to group size, with lar­ger groups spen­ding more time. The­re were also signi­fi­cant dif­fe­ren­ces among pain­tings. Results are dis­cus­sed in terms of how dif­fe­rent types of loo­king pat­terns may be rela­ted to the amount of time spent in front of works of art.

Jef­frey K. Smith, Lisa F. Smith
First Published July 1, 2001

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