MOMA Durational Art

I was asked by my Art History professor to go visit the MOMA and review 3 pieces of art work this included Late 19 Century Art and CubismAbstraction, and Durational Art.

Part 3: Durational Art

When I went to the contemporary galleries I saw a film called Felix in Exile. This film was shown in a secluded room, that wasn’t very big. It had a huge screen, sort of like the ones at the movie theaters. The thing that drew me in was the sound. I remember walked through the galleries looking for a piece to watch, hearing the sound and asking “what’s that?”. I walked in and it had a small bench right in the middle of the room, which people were already sitting on. I didn’t think that was such a good idea because that’s basically limiting viewing to three people at a time. The film was a little lengthy for standing so that would just encourage people to walk out.

The filmed was interesting because majority of it was black and white but certain area would be colored in, such as the water or the blood from people’s wounds. The film looked like a big sketch book, everyone and everything in the film was sketched but was able to move. There was no speaking in the film but it had some continuous music that played all throughout the film. This method worked great for the film, although there was no talking you could focus more on the characters actions.

Furthermore, thought that this was both good and bad. Good because it continuous music helps with the flow and setting the mood of situations. Slow music usually indicates a calm or sad moment; where as fast and loud music usually indicates a climax. However the fact that there was no speaking left the point of the film up in the air. You can get a sense of what the film was about but there’s no way to really know without some research of your own. I had no idea who was who, what was going on, or why it was going on.

CT101 Digital Storytelling