2nd September 2014

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ART IGNORED: Those who don’t want to see or take action will not look

Art Ignored (Melbourne Australia August 2014)

Him: 
(the artist approaching me from behind as I walked around the artwork on the pavement) Can I ask what made you stop to look at the work?

Me: 
Well I really liked it. It’s a comment on homelessness right?

Him: 
Yes it is. But we’re worried that not many people are stopping to look. You’re one of the very few who’ve stopped today.

Me: 
Well, you know people are conditioned not to look. Anyway, (I point to the passing hordes of shoppers) look, people are too busy shopping, looking at stuff in the windows.

Him: 
Yes, I guess they don’t like to see do they?

Me: 
Well a lot of people don’t want to know or see, you’re right. They’re afraid that if they see they will have to do something

Him: 
Well a lot of people glance out of the corner of their eye then they quickly look away.

Me: 
People are afraid like I say. They think there might be someone here to grab them to sell them something or a homeless person asking for money or whatever

Him:
We’ve tried everything. Putting down a sign explaining what it is. But that was gone after half an hour. We put the same piece down in…(a popular part of the city)… and the whole installation was gone in twenty minutes.

Me: 
Well, people don’t want to know. You’re an artist so you know that already.

Him: 
Yes, you’re right. Thanks (looking a bit dejected he started to walk away)

Me: 
Keep on with the work. It’s important and remember it’s not about the number of people who see and respond, it’s about the quality of the response.


             I’m not sure he heard these last words from me.

Melbourne Australia August 2014

Tagged: streetphotographyurbanblack and whiteimageshomelesshomelessnessartartistignoredtopicalinstallation

2nd September 2014

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Art Ignored on Flickr.Him: 
(the artist approaching me from behind as I walked around the artwork on the pavement) Can I ask what made you stop to look at the work?
Me: 
Well I really liked it. It’s a comment on homelessness right?
Him: 
Yes it is. But we’re worried that not many people are stopping to look. You’re one of the very few who’ve stopped today.
Me: 
Well, you know people are conditioned not to look. Anyway, (I point to the passing hordes of shoppers) look, people are too busy shopping, looking at stuff in the windows.
Him: 
Yes, I guess they don’t like to see do they?
Me: 
Well a lot of people don’t want to know or see, you’re right. They’re afraid that if they see they will have to do something
Him: 
Well a lot of people glance out of the corner of their eye then they quickly look away.
Me:  
People are afraid like I say. They think there might be someone here to grab them to sell them something or a homeless person asking for money or whatever
Him:
We’ve tried everything. Putting down a sign explaining what it is. But that was gone after half an hour. We put the same piece down in…(a popular part of the city)… and the whole installation was gone in twenty minutes.
Me: 
Well, people don’t want to know. You’re an artist so you know that already.
Him: 
Yes, you’re right. Thanks (looking a bit dejected he started to walk away)
Me: 
 Keep on with the work. It’s important and remember it’s not about the number of people who see and respond, it’s about the quality of the response.
I’m not sure he heard these last words from me.
Melbourne Australia August 2014

Art Ignored on Flickr.

Him:
(the artist approaching me from behind as I walked around the artwork on the pavement) Can I ask what made you stop to look at the work?

Me:
Well I really liked it. It’s a comment on homelessness right?

Him:
Yes it is. But we’re worried that not many people are stopping to look. You’re one of the very few who’ve stopped today.

Me:
Well, you know people are conditioned not to look. Anyway, (I point to the passing hordes of shoppers) look, people are too busy shopping, looking at stuff in the windows.

Him:
Yes, I guess they don’t like to see do they?

Me:
Well a lot of people don’t want to know or see, you’re right. They’re afraid that if they see they will have to do something

Him:
Well a lot of people glance out of the corner of their eye then they quickly look away.

Me:
People are afraid like I say. They think there might be someone here to grab them to sell them something or a homeless person asking for money or whatever

Him:
We’ve tried everything. Putting down a sign explaining what it is. But that was gone after half an hour. We put the same piece down in…(a popular part of the city)… and the whole installation was gone in twenty minutes.

Me:
Well, people don’t want to know. You’re an artist so you know that already.

Him:
Yes, you’re right. Thanks (looking a bit dejected he started to walk away)

Me:
Keep on with the work. It’s important and remember it’s not about the number of people who see and respond, it’s about the quality of the response.

I’m not sure he heard these last words from me.

Melbourne Australia August 2014

2nd September 2014

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Reposting this as I just noticed the one I posted at the time has a ridiculous copyright symbol on it.

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(this guy’s mate had seen me and told him. So I reassured him
with my “humor”
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