Contemporary art critique
Instead of hopelessly waiting at the hostel for news about my work visa or my Thinkpad’s hard drive replacement, I followed friends’ advice to visit the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, a contemporary art museum in São Paulo, Brazil.
So begins my OTT rant about contemporary art. Btw my idea of contemporary art is probably the late demoscene.
- no reasoning, no explanation, no arguing, no evidence, no science in the descriptions.
- usually one artist. art should be a collaborative IMO
- no mention of inspirations or credits of other art/artists
- descriptions name dropped “social studies and experiments”. my ass.
- no email address on descriptions, so how on earth do I provide feedback? there is no feedback or discussion
- big museum and very tiring walking around. It is also is not very clear how to move around the place, so it can be frustrating and disorientating. Is that intended?
- space wasting exhibits of videos or photos (80% of exhibits). I’d rather sit on my computer and watch videos and photographs, thank you!
- characteristically some of the “art” is shocking or sexually suggestive. it is boring. move on. how many times must I view some exhibit about some child prostitute. Enough already, I AM BORED.
- the art isn’t exactly Brazilian. I have seen the same dull art in any contemporary art museum the world over. honestly.
- I had a feeling there was just no new ideas. Very sad.
- I wonder who I had to screw to get my art in there. The clique art community no doubt dominates this scene, judging by the monotony of it all.
- I would love to meet a contemporary artist who I thought was smart. It is like a new age bullshit hippie scene.
- art should be representative IMO. What does this stuff represent? Several schools of kids came through there and I can’t see how many of them made a connection with any of the exhibits.
- though some art were silly little activities for kids like a slide and little walkway. completely unoriginal and uninspiring. kids should go to theme park rather.
One thing I have noticed is how many people seem to take photos of exhibits. Obviously people seem to want to share or discuss some of this stuff… now I wonder where.