Author Archives: Susan Shih Chang

-PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies in Asia, National University of Singapore. -Research interests include East Asian culture, museums, cultural politics and border geopolitics. -Works can be found in IJTS, Museum Quarterly, Curator and New Bloom Magazine.
The colors and shape of the cut glass boat shaped indigo bowl are projected onto a large and expansive white tarp that lies on the floor.

Ways of Looking: Alternative Encounters with Art and Artifacts

“When we encounter something beautiful, we usually experience two kinds of reactions. One may be moved by learning the background of the work or the artist, while the other one is an emotional excitement we feel for no apparent reason.”— Suntory Museum of Art. One would guess that this quote is based on theories of lateralization, stating that the right hemisphere of the brain controls emotion, while the left hemisphere is dominant in language expression. While there is evidence that discounts the left/right brain concept, many people still believe in this distinction and that their preference for reason or emotion may be genetic. Held at the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan, from April 27 to June 2, 2019, “Information or Inspiration? Japanese aesthetics to enjoy with the left side and right side of the brain” plays with this debate in brain science and invites visitors to experience art via two routes: the information route and the inspiration route. (read more...)