50 Questions Raised by Bern Porter’s “Scandinavian Summer”

http://mediamogul.seas.upenn.edu/pennsound/authors/Porter/text/Porter-Bern_ScandinavianSummer.pdf

  1. What happens during a moment or act of perception?
  2. What do we see when we see?   
  3. What role does the act of attention play in the conferring of meaning upon something?
  4. What is the relationship between attention and meaning?
  5. What role does the act of intention play in the conferring of meaning upon something?
  6. What is the relationship between intention and meaning?
  7. What is the material of life composed of? 
  8. What do we value?
  9. What are words?    
  10. What is the relationship between advertising and how we think?
  11. What is the relationship between words and thought?
  12. How does one make experience meaningful?
  13. What role does the meaningless play in our lives?
  14. How do we draw the line between what is meaningless and what is meaningful?
  15. What makes a form beautiful?
  16. What makes a form ugly?
  17. How do we process information?
  18. Is the role of art to give us something we want, something we don’t want, something else?
  19. What is the role of art?
  20. How do we think?
  21. What forms do we not value?
  22. What does it mean to read something?
  23. What does it mean to look at something?
  24. What role does the relentless play in art? 
  25. What happens when we look at an image juxtaposed with words?
  26. What is the relationship between image and text?
  27. What is content? 
  28. What is the relationship between content and context?
  29. What happens when the familiar is made unfamiliar?
  30. What happens when the unfamiliar is made familiar?
  31. What does it mean to understand something?
  32. What role does nostalgia play in art?
  33. What surrounds us?
  34. What do we notice in regards to what surrounds us?
  35.  How do we notice? 
  36. What contributes to what we notice?
  37. What do we see when/if we look instead of read?
  38. What do we see when/if we read instead of look?
  39. Which act – reading or looking – is more bound up with the way we think?
  40. What are we accustomed to?
  41. Why is a picture worth a thousand words?
  42. What is the relationship between words and experience?
  43. Can words represent experience?
  44. What is meant by the term “experience”?
  45. What is the relationship between art and the “mundane”?
  46. Why do we become numb?
  47. How do we ward off numbness?
  48. What does it mean to become numb?
  49. What happens when we ask a question?
  50. What happens when we offer an answer?

 

 

 

 

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