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How does Sense Perception affect how we interpret art?

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Lakshmi Senthilnathan

on 30 April 2014

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How does Sense Perception affect how we interpret art?
By: Lakshmi and Emmalyne

The Three Stage of Human Reasoning
2nd Stage
Based off of our basic, animalistic senses, we are reminded of things that we are familiar with from our surroundings to help us formulate meaning to what we are unfamiliar with to try to make some sense of it.
Essentially, we construct a vague and basic understanding of what it is that you are seeing--using our perception to understand what we are sensing
Third Stage
Taking this elementary or vague understanding, we build on it by drawing on outside information that we've encountered, material we’ve learned in class and experiences we’ve had to come to the final interpretation of the art work--the final and finished product of the one’s interpretation of art
Confirmation Bias
Confirmation Bias: involves gravitating towards information and perceiving it only in ways that fit into our preconceived ideas and knowledge as to not counter our believes

The biggest flaw in our interpretations of any object is caused by human nature. All of the flaws of human nature cause us to dismiss all knowledge/ideas not pertaining our beliefs. In the end, this hinders us in our pursuit of knowledge and causing us to be ignorant of the changing world around us.
Establishing a rushed, negligent and irrelevant meaning to an art piece, similar in nature to our hasty judgement of others, is what we ask that you don’t do. Keep this in mind, and take a look at this final optical illusion.
Willful Ignorance: clinging to our biased perspectives, and refusing to look at any evidence contrary to our beliefs, irrespective of whether our perceptions clash with what’s true or morally right.

When viewing art, we jump to whatever it reminds us of, instead of stopping to consider what else it could be.
Our natural tendency as humans is to dismiss other possibilities of what the artwork could be, and instead, view the art at face value.
We favor a single perspective that coincides with our interests and personal beliefs--our framing stories, and never actually think to challenge our own framing stories.
Willful Ignorance
1st Stage: In viewing an artwork you are first recalling upon your sense perception--using your primal, basic instinct (sight, smell, taste, touch and sound)

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