Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What is the value of Meaning or Interpretation - A response to the theatrosphere

Do not label the artobject. Rather allow the artobject to inspire investigation of oneself.

The goal of interpretation should not be the attempt to reach a hidden meaning within the artobject or to approximate an elusive objective meaning either.

The goal of interpretation...of meaning... should be the facilitation of conversation between two or more individuals so that they learn more about themselves rather than the piece of art.

2 comments:

Tony Adams said...

hmm . . .

"the goal of interpretation...of meaning... should be the facilitation of conversation between two or more individuals so that they learn more about themselves rather than the piece of art."

How is that possible if the artist is unwilling to discuss themselves in relation to the piece? Doesn't that send a subtle signal to audiences that it shouldn't be discussed?

I could argue that one's attempt to discuss meaning is another way to find out more about themselves.

When is demurring out of talking about meaning just a cop-out? Or should artists opt out of that conversation?

Devilvet said...

Tony,

I think I'll cop-out of responding to your comment. (wink)

'How is that possible if the artist is unwilling to discuss themselves in relation to the piece?'

The artist already attempted to begin the discussion... it is called the piece itself. Now, if the artist wants to provide post show commentary or not... doesn't matter (to me). The point is not to get the artist talking to the audience and guiding their post show cognition... the greatest benefit of intrepretation is when the work and its meaning is about the viewer not the artist... and a conversation is possible in the absence of the actual artist personality.

This is the only point I am trying to make. I am ambilivent about whether or not an artist is willing to talk shop with the spectators. The truest value happens in the conversation that the artist's work inspires in others.

Meaning resonates irregardless of authorial intent. So...there it is.