June 1, 2008

Form and Content

I really enjoyed the trip to Form and Content Gallery. Despite being squeezed into a very small space, the exhibition was very powerful, providing a surreal perspective on the intersections in life between the human and animal worlds, both the same and very different from each other. The table in the center of the exhibition space, “filled? with jars of video specimens of various exotic animals, turned the lens of perceived roles around a little bit, as it seemed like the animals “inside? the jars were looking out at us, observing the humans. This shift in my perspective made me think about the whole process of visiting culturally significant places such as galleries, and the highly public atmosphere that is created by this. The intersection of societal elements, such as art and technology, with the organic, natural world, has the potential to really blur the boundaries between public and private space.