Multi Factorial Apperception
A contemporary theory informed by awareness that an ever-expanding exposure to ideas made possible by the internet has changed both the act of creation, and the experience of perception, is know as Multi Factorial Apperception (MFA). This approach seeks to integrate a wide range of cultural variables to expand the contextual frame for viewing the creation, and perception, of aesthetic experience. Emphasis is on a dynamic mulit-layerd cultural framing of the act of creation at a particular moment in time, and admits that the meaning of a particular work will be in flux from that moment onward.
A practice for observing artwork, with an expanding open-source approach to exploring how an artwork may embody culture, historical time period, and context-based conditions of meaning in the present moment.
This method is not intended for critical analysis but rather as a stance to amplify engaged observation and contemplation through expanding the range of cultural, visual, and theoretical consideration.
- Durability of the ephemeral
- Contrasting educational philosophy:
Howard Gardner vs. E.D.Hirsch
Howard Gardner / multiple intellegences
the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin (1936)
Art in the Expanded Field,
Rosalind Krauss (1979)
Apperception: the mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.
location on timeline
landscape of explication
meaning in context(s)
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moment of creation
(cultural data base)
(creator's data base)
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