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´╗┐Good morning ladies and gentlemen, my name is Omar Abdul Latif, (play Video) welcome to my TOK presentation (pause video). Now I want to dive straight into a recent experience I had, regarding my topic. A couple of months ago I visited an art exhibition, as I do occasionally. However this was no ordinary exhibition, you may ask how or why? And I will tell you that an Exhibition is defined by a public display of work (in this case art) but in this particular exhibition what was displayed was all but empty canvases or artwork, which one could very well initially presume to be not art at all. I?m talking about invisible art here, art that you cannot see, feel or sense in general. As I went from artwork to artwork, piece to piece. I became bewildered by the irritation of not being able to know what the art was about, what it looked like but above all, WHAT THE ARTIST INTENDED. Initially I had no knowledge of what some pieces meant, I had no means of extracting any knowledge from it although I knew it existed on the canvas (special ink) however what I did have was my creativity, which I utilised to generate different meanings, different interpretations for different pieces of artwork! Unfortunately, this new and one could say addictive experience was put down when some pieces of artwork were either being explained to me by guides (whom possessed what many deemed the ?true? knowledge of what the artwork was based on/how it came about/who the artist was) ...read more.


how the artist intended me to or do I choose to ignore the artists intent. And here is where it gets interesting. At this exhibition, the main art that I was observing looked like this: BLANK SCREEN. Now you might be waiting for me to realise that there?s nothing on the screen and say ?Im experiencing technical difficulties? but no. What you see, rather what you don't see is exactly what I saw. Invisible art. We now realise that there is no clear substance to perceive or feel towards in a certain manner, rather we are free to make our own perceptions, free to feel how we like towards it. Now in the exhibition there were pieces of blank canvas, which actually had substance, but it was blind to the human eye as I stated before. Lets say that this piece before you is actually my own invisible art, I am the artist of this artwork and I want you, the audience to try and imagine what art could be on that screen, So hold that knowledge close and I want to see what happens If I did this: That right there is my intent for the art, Now for some of you, this might be completely unrelated to the perception or emotion you had in your minds before I introduced that intent, some of you may now be thinking that the intent and elaboration of my art in the bottom right corner is the true (i.e correct and genuine) ...read more.


Once again, Language can also be subjective in that different people can interpret it in numerous ways. And my perspective on this was that the more artists attempted to explain their work, the more they objectified the artwork, and the more they influenced my perception and the way I felt. From talking to an artist at the Haywad Gallery, Im going to give you another perspective on the matter, I was told by an artist at the gallery that the more artists explain their artwork the more it is lost in translation through the subjectivity of language and therefore the more the meaning is lost in interpretation, rendering the intent of the artist ineffective in challenging our perception and emotion. But I couldn't help but still thinking that at the end of the day, our ways of knowing are still objectified to a certain degree. So to conclude I believe personally that that art in itself is subjective, it is open to interpretation, it is open to perceptions and it is open to emotions. When individuals possess the intent of the artist, their perception and emotions towards their artwork can alter depending upon the degree to which they accept the intent to be ?true?, this piece of knowledge for some, can take away the ability for people to question and engage with the art in front of them. wish to end with a news report on this exhibition to wrap things up, I thank you very much for your attention and wish you all enjoyed it thank you. ...read more.

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