WOW! then AHA!
The New Year often brings big, celebratory fireworks shows.
I love fireworks -- you can hear the crowds ooh and ahh as each new shell explodes and sends a splash of colors and light across the sky. As people leave the show, many of them will exclaim "Wow! that was great!"
Fireworks are usually a "one and done" type experience. A big WOW while they are happening, but not much afterthought given to the experience. And that's fine.
|Your felt future, 2011 by Olafur Eliasson|
The work of one of my favorite contemporary artists, Olafur Eliasson, has been described as "first there is a WOW! followed by an AHA!"
There is a visual (and often visceral) thrill in encountering Eliasson's artwork (WOW!) but then a need to step back and think about (or often, figure out) what's going on (AHA!)
One of my New Year exhibit "resolutions" is to find (or create) a rhythm of exhibits and experiences in my museum projects so that there are plenty of WOWs, but also many AHAs.
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