Taking a gap year from institutional education does not mean taking a gap year from education full stop! Since September last year my learning process has primarily been through actively creating art and film; but not this week.
I had a few vacation days left to take from work. It seemed best used by taking a few days off to visit my cousins in London, and to spend those days visiting the national art galleries found in London. I wanted to visit the galleries for a few reasons, those reasons included:
- Broadening my awareness of art styles and artists
- To inspire my own film making
- To better understand my own view of art
- To better understand what purpose I want my films and photography to have
I spent a large portion of my time at Tate Modern, visiting the permanent exhibitions on the first day, and seeing the Conflict Time Photography exhibition on the second day I spent there. The art was very thought provoking, and it was amazing how no item or subject appeared untouched by the various pieces in the gallery, but the one thing I took away from the visit was how a lot of young students seemed completely uninterested in the exhibits, which I completely understand.
Surely, however, Tate Modern: the most visited modern art museum in the world would have some art pieces that grabbed the attention of the people who didn’t want to be there? This didn’t seem to be the case, I remember going to visit the same gallery when I was in primary school, and I felt the same boredom that the hundreds of other students, I walked past on my excursion, seemed to exude.
So where is the art for this audience? Why aren’t these pieces communicating to the students anything of deeper meaning? How do we change that? What art installations would speak to the mind of someone disinterested in the intricacies of art? Those where a few of the questions I had after leaving the gallery and those thoughts reinforced my belief in the importance of forming strong communication with audiences when producing art pieces.