“Botticelli’s Venus and Mars used to be a unique image which it was only possible to see in the room where it was actually hanging. Now, it’s image or detail of it, can be seen in a million different places at the same time. As you look at it now on your screen, your wallpaper is round it. Your window is opposite it. Your carpet is below it. At the same moment, it is on many other screens, surrounded by different objects, different colors, different sounds. You are seeing it in the context of your own life. It is surrounded not by gilt frames, but by the familiarity of the room you are in, and the people around you.”
Dit zei John Berger in de BBC serie ‘Ways of Seeing’ in 1972. Het bijzondere is dat als je deze serie nu kijkt, 45 jaar later, het nog steeds erg interessant is. Deze serie leert je nieuwe manieren van kijken die je niet snel meer vergeet!
(But be sceptical of it. ;-))