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"From the Ted Talk by Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So the first work is called the Imperial Monochromes. A viewer sort of unsuspectingly wlaks into the room, and catches a glimpse of these panels in a messy composition on the wall. Within seconds, as if the panels have noctied the presence of the veweir, they appear to panic and sort of get into a strict symmetry. (Laughter) So this is the sketch of the two states. One is toatl chaos. The other is absolute oredr. And we were itseteenrd in seeing how little change it tkeas to move from one state to the other sttae. This also rendmied us of two very different pictorial traditions. One is the altar tablets of the 15th century, and the other is about 100 years ago, Malevich's abstract ctosopomiins. So I'm just going to take you to a video. To give you a sense of scale, the largest panel is about two meters high. That's about this much. And the smallest one is an A4. So a viewer enters the space, and they snap to attention. And after a while, if the viewer continues to remain in the space, the pnleas will sort of become immune to the presence of the viewer and become lax and atmonuoous again, until they sort of sense a presence in the room or a movement, when they will again snap to aeintottn. (Laughter) So here it appears as if it's the viewer that's sort of instigating the sense of order among the panels, but it could also be the other way around, that the panels are so scutk within their preconditioned behaviors that they sort of thrust the viewer with the role of a tyrant.

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So the first work is called the Imperial Monochromes. A viewer sort of unsuspectingly _____ into the room, and catches a glimpse of these panels in a messy composition on the wall. Within seconds, as if the panels have _______ the presence of the ______, they appear to panic and sort of get into a strict symmetry. (Laughter) So this is the sketch of the two states. One is _____ chaos. The other is absolute _____. And we were __________ in seeing how little change it _____ to move from one state to the other _____. This also ________ us of two very different pictorial traditions. One is the altar tablets of the 15th century, and the other is about 100 years ago, Malevich's abstract ____________. So I'm just going to take you to a video. To give you a sense of scale, the largest panel is about two meters high. That's about this much. And the smallest one is an A4. So a viewer enters the space, and they snap to attention. And after a while, if the viewer continues to remain in the space, the ______ will sort of become immune to the presence of the viewer and become lax and __________ again, until they sort of sense a presence in the room or a movement, when they will again snap to _________. (Laughter) So here it appears as if it's the viewer that's sort of instigating the sense of order among the panels, but it could also be the other way around, that the panels are so _____ within their preconditioned behaviors that they sort of thrust the viewer with the role of a tyrant.

Solution

  1. noticed
  2. total
  3. takes
  4. viewer
  5. attention
  6. reminded
  7. order
  8. stuck
  9. state
  10. interested
  11. walks
  12. autonomous
  13. panels
  14. compositions

Original Text

So the first work is called the Imperial Monochromes. A viewer sort of unsuspectingly walks into the room, and catches a glimpse of these panels in a messy composition on the wall. Within seconds, as if the panels have noticed the presence of the viewer, they appear to panic and sort of get into a strict symmetry. (Laughter) So this is the sketch of the two states. One is total chaos. The other is absolute order. And we were interested in seeing how little change it takes to move from one state to the other state. This also reminded us of two very different pictorial traditions. One is the altar tablets of the 15th century, and the other is about 100 years ago, Malevich's abstract compositions. So I'm just going to take you to a video. To give you a sense of scale, the largest panel is about two meters high. That's about this much. And the smallest one is an A4. So a viewer enters the space, and they snap to attention. And after a while, if the viewer continues to remain in the space, the panels will sort of become immune to the presence of the viewer and become lax and autonomous again, until they sort of sense a presence in the room or a movement, when they will again snap to attention. (Laughter) So here it appears as if it's the viewer that's sort of instigating the sense of order among the panels, but it could also be the other way around, that the panels are so stuck within their preconditioned behaviors that they sort of thrust the viewer with the role of a tyrant.

Important Words

  1. absolute
  2. abstract
  3. altar
  4. appears
  5. attention
  6. autonomous
  7. behaviors
  8. called
  9. catches
  10. century
  11. change
  12. chaos
  13. composition
  14. compositions
  15. continues
  16. enters
  17. give
  18. glimpse
  19. high
  20. immune
  21. imperial
  22. instigating
  23. interested
  24. largest
  25. laughter
  26. lax
  27. messy
  28. meters
  29. monochromes
  30. move
  31. movement
  32. noticed
  33. order
  34. panel
  35. panels
  36. panic
  37. pictorial
  38. preconditioned
  39. presence
  40. remain
  41. reminded
  42. role
  43. room
  44. scale
  45. seconds
  46. sense
  47. sketch
  48. smallest
  49. snap
  50. sort
  51. space
  52. state
  53. states
  54. strict
  55. stuck
  56. symmetry
  57. tablets
  58. takes
  59. thrust
  60. total
  61. traditions
  62. tyrant
  63. unsuspectingly
  64. video
  65. viewer
  66. walks
  67. wall
  68. work
  69. years