Ways of Seeing 9.1分
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The Key of Dreams -- Magritte's comment on always-present gap between words and seeing.

The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.

The reciprocal nature of vision is more fundamental than that of spoken dialogue. And often dialogue is an attempt to verbalize this ...

Every image embodies a way of seeing. No other kind of relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surrounded other people at other times. Yet when an image is presented as a work of art, the way people look at it is affected by a whole series of learnt assumptions about art. concerning: beauty, truth, genius... ,etc. They no longer accord with the world as it is.

History always constitutes the relation between a present and its past. Consequently fear of the present leads to mystification of the past. ... In the end the art of the past is being mystified because a priviledged minority is striving to invent a history which can retrospectively justify the role of the ruling classes, and such a justification can no longer make sense in modern terms. ... Mystification is the process of explaining away what might otherwise be evident.

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