The Mudd Gallery at a past exhibition
Sorry Mary Ann Doane, but I don't take you seriously at all. I really don't believe that I am an idiot for not understanding the concept of indexicality. First of all, it isn't even a word, according to dictionary.com. Neither is indexical for that matter. I had to resort to looking up the word "index," of which I was given the definition, "a sequential arrangement of material." I am not sure what this means in the context of Doane's article, because I could not decipher a word of it. I understand the need to use imaginary words, because sometimes there just simply aren't words that exist to express a concept. However, Doane does not really give a clear definition for this word and many others, therefore leaving us in a Clockwork Orange-type confusion over her text. Here is an example of a paragraph that needs a team of Rosetta Stone translators to get the point across:
"We tend to think of a medium as a material or technical means of
aesthetic expression that harbors both constraints and possibilites,
the second arguably emerging as a consequence of the first."
Translation: I don't know, but I do think she should team up with Ted Nelson because she shares his ire about the limitations of traditional mediums.
That being said, I am proud to say that our exhibition, "Watching," is almost ready for viewing tonight at 6:30 in the Mudd Gallery. I have learned that everything you see in a gallery is most likely the result of hundreds of drafts, and dozens of steps, edits, do-overs, and tweaks. Nothing that goes up on a wall got there after one attempt. It is this arduous process that makes the final product ready to view. I enjoyed watching the class as they perfected their projects, and I hope that tonight's audience appreciates all the hard work that we put in. I learned yesterday that more than half of the people who are featured in my photographs cannot attend the exhibition due to a Wind Ensemble rehearsal, which was disappointing. However, I guess this is one of the aspects of being an artist that we have to learn about, as well.