New Ways of Seeing – John Berger

“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.”

That’s what John Berger said in the BBC series ‘Ways of Seeing’ from 1972. And even now, 50 years later, it is still an interesting show to watch. It teaches you a new way of looking which you won’t soon forget :)

(But be sceptical of it. ;-))

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