Removing art from the art space
February 27, 2012 5:35 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for good examples of experiments that have been set up where "art" has been put somewhere unexpected, and then had people's responses tested. I tried googling phrases like "can people appreciate art out of context?" but came up blank. Famous artworks in diners? Famous authors failing to get books published under pseudonyms? And what about the other way around — when have the art community been duped into accepting duds?
Joshua Bell in the subway
posted by omnigut to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
is an example, but the street is such a complicated venue — the climate, time of day, location, energy levels, economy...even incredible buskers can have terrible days.
I think a really example I can think of is the parmesan/vomit test. You give two people the same smell, tell one of them it's parmesan, and the other that it's vomit, and they're likely to love it and hate it accordingly.