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Mobile phone and observing

Yesterday attended an one-day course conducted by Edward Tufte, an expert in data visualization. After the course ended, he had a briefing on his art work and other things. Couple of things he said make me think. The first was his observation (he claims scientific evidence too) that when we talk on the mobile phone we don't even remember what we are passing through. That talking on the mobile phone takes so much of our brain activity. The point he was making is that he would not like art lovers to talk while observing his work in the yet-to-be completed facility Connecticut. By doing this, Edward feels people would be able to better appreciate his work.

I think its true. Whether we walk on the streets of New York or travel in a car, we don't observe things and appreciate nature when we are talking on the phone. Next time when I am on a road trip, I am going to keep my mobile phone away just to take away memories from what I see on the trip!

The second point Edward observed is that art work in the last 25 years have been largely tuned to meet the market requirements, so there hasn't been any significant 'long term' art work that has been created in the last two decades or so. 

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