Critical thinking in art and design practices is taking more time looking at a visual text allowing you “to feel ‘full’ of what it offers you”(“Working with Images and Ideas” 18). Key points that will be discussed about critical thinking includes firstly gives us a deeper understanding and appreciation for their work, the next would be to help us understand and see changes happening in the world. Lastly, I will be writing about critically thinking teaches us to take what we have learnt in these texts and produce new knowledge.
Firstly, one of the key points I found important about critical thinking in art and design practices is that we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the visual text. This may be done through identifying the context as stated in Clarke’s “Language and Meaning” section. During my field trip, I found that reviewing the context of both sites either sourcing further information on the internet or simply looking closer at where they are located and when they may have been built, I was able to understand and appreciate what they had to offer. For example, through researching the San Fran Bar I found that the location has been in existence since the 1960’s but was not always a Bar or Nightclub. Interestingly, the site was previously a bathhouse and from researching this information, I gained a deeper understanding of its history.
The next point that states why critical thinking may be important when viewing visual texts closely is we understand how to see the world around us. Today the world has become encompassed by digital media and the internet. Specifically this has changed our forms of communication resulting in text messages, digital photographs or videos via the internet being a main source. Mirzoeff suggests that “Like it or not, the emerging global society is visual. All these photographs and videos are our way of trying to see the world” (6). He earlier discussed one of the first photographs ever taken in space, the Blue Marble as a visual text that signified the world as a unified, whole and that it signified the knowledge that we already knew and what was to come in the process. It is clear that what the world around us is today was indefinitely different than when that photograph was taken in 1972.
In addition, as stated by Wallace, Andrew, Shirato and Bright in their “Critical Thinking” section on their book, by looking closer at the visual texts you learn how to become a ‘reasoner’. This essentially means “to think in a sensible and connected manner”(Wallace, Andrew, Shirato and Bright 47). This could be making use of the knowledge available to you including the examples of work from other artists and designers and constructing new ideas from them in a logical process. These new ideas you would add to your own work, thus furthering your ideas and understanding.
In conclusion with the ideas that have been explained, it is clear that having a critical thought process would be essential when looking into visual texts within art and design practices. The ideas that were mentioned included receiving a better understanding and respect for the artists intentions, becoming aware of the world around and having an understanding revising what we already know in order to discover new found knowledge. All these points help contribute to our own work.
Nicholas Mirzoeff. How to See the World “Introduction”. London: Pelican, 2015. pg. 1-27. Print.
Michael Clarke. Verbalizing the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. “Language and Meaning.” Lausanne, Switzerland: AVA Publishing. 2007 pg 20-25. Print.
Ruszkiewicz, John, Daniel Anderson and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, c2012. pg 32-34
Annals, Alison, Abby, Cunnane, and Sam Cunnane. “Working with Images and Ideas.” Saying What You See: How to Write and Talk about Art. North Shore, NZ :Pearson Ed. 2009. 15-39. Print.