What are your thoughts on multimodal art, such as video art, as a vehicle for enhancing what might be loosely-termed “right hemisphere appreciation”? I’m no art connoisseur, but here are a few of my own thoughts with respect to two of my favourite pieces of music: the first, in which there is (to my mind) an ostensible thematic congruence between music and imagery; the second, in which there isn’t – at least, not once it gets underway.
In terms of whether the juxtaposition of modes enhances or diminishes the overall experience – multiplies or divides the modes? – I find the first video a damp squib, perhaps not least because Burns’ paintings show no great variation. By contrast, I find the second video wonderful: the music enriches Clausen’s art in a way I feel unqualified to articulate. (I wonder, however, about the tantalising prospect that the ostensible thematic disparity between music and imagery in the second video creates a kind of tension, as of Heraclitus’ lyre and bow.)
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