PSYC2280_Test_2_Psyc_Notes

PSYC2280_Test_2_Psyc_Notes - Class1 13:47

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Class 1 13:47 -Figure Painting was the first to develop in the 4C.  It always associated with  court painters. It has an affinity with naturalism.  At times, Literati Impressionism  influences were being felt.  From the series of portraits above, it is clear from the  development of naturalism was stopped in the 12-13C.  it experienced a revival in  Qing in the 18C.  Last portrait above shows undoubtedly Western influence. -We don’t like artists to repeat paintings—we like originals Colin Martindale: The clockwork muse 1. We have rules 2. But we get easily bored, so we need to bend the rules a bit Martindale is a psychologist, and so: interesting=arousing -3 things that make things to us interesting Arousal: ecological properties (signal value, meaning) (arousing picture: spider; arousing painting: laughing men [Yue Minjun (2005)]) Psychophysical characteristics (pitch, loudness) (Example: playing metal machine music really loud) ‘collative’ properties: the new, the surprising, the unpredictable (painting by Yue Minjun of laughing men posed at execution) But we Habituate: a. This is transferred over generations, within a culture (ex. Rolling Stone b. The more complex your culture, the higher your basal level of arousal (and the  louder you need to get to be heard over the din) c. The more you are ‘in the know’ (as an artist, or as a savvy consumer) the more  you are habituated
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(Ex: Chris Ofili (No Woman No Cry)—Incorporates elephant dung in his  paintings; The Holy Virgin Mary and Mayor Giuliani—objected to elephant dung  and threatened to remove funding by 33%) That’s the problem with the new and original: if something is really boring-not  arousing –something too new/original negative arousal Must have ideal amount of arousal (inverted u curve) This u curve shifts based upon habituation (visual metaphor: whitewater rafting How do you avoid that people feel like they are going down a cliff? –Take it slow -Curvilinear relation between a work’s popularity in the originality -Saw-tooth patterns of popularity—go over cliff and have to come back down on  the originality scale (Schoenberg recreated by cats-random notes; Schoenberg is pinnacle of  originality) Art gets louder: (Self)portraits -First major example of self portrait (Albrecht Duerer)-painting self prominently  and favorably Leonardo Di Vinci (1512) (12 years later) Sofonisba Anguissola-one of first female painters Rembrandt van Rign (1660)-painting self unfavorably Jacques-Louis David Kaethe Kollwitz (1898)-painting self radically looking away-painting unfavorably Paul Gauguin (1889)-more and more at yourself but artists turning inwards- symbolic Vincent van Gogh (1888/1889) Pablo Picasso (1972) Frida Kahlo (1943)
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSYC 2240 taught by Professor Mattheson during the Spring '10 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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