This time last week I found myself standing at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, in front of a glass cube with condensation inside it.
Frustrated, annoyed and confused, I frowned at my partner “I just don’t get it, how can they call this ‘art’?”. Or maybe more importantly, how can a little glass structure with a speckling of moisture in its interior evoke such strong emotions within an educated, adult human being?
As David Attenborough puts it, “an understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment”; a sentiment which can be applied not only to the natural world but to all aspects of a human’s interaction with their surroundings. For without this curiosity, this questioning of reality and search for answers, I believe society (or at least my life in general) would be bleak.
And so, I got home later that night and began my search for the answer to this curious cube. Naturally, as our generation tends to, my first point of call for information was a simple google search, which brought up a multitude of sources. And naturally, as I tend to do, I wound up clicking link after link to find myself getting deeper and deeper into the realms of contemporary conceptual art.
But I must admit, this pattern of “going down the rabbit hole” is something that occurs more often than not. I’m online almost all waking hours of the day and so the internet has made it incredibly easy to uncover and discover, with the rapid ability to click, search and find things, often answers you were never looking for in the first place. Some call it procrastination, but I like to tell myself it’s healthy curiosity!
(I discovered this cube creation was the work of Hans Haacke and if you too are wondering just what on earth this could all mean check it out here)