Definition of the concept of “Meta-object” in the visual arts.

If the concept of “object” means, to a greater extent, an actual, physical presence, a thing as such, with a clear definition of signs and properties, then a “meta-object” is a personal interpretation of this object, how we see and perceive it. Any object, in the eyes of the observer, turns into a subjective “meta-object”. But if in everyday life we strive to unify the perception of objects for unambiguous and correct reading, then in art the phenomenon of the emergence of a “meta-object” becomes a key factor of perception. The object of art is designed to provoke and launch the process of modeling a “meta-object” in the observer’s mind. This property creates an immersive nature of the interaction of the art object and the viewer. The viewer becomes an interpreter and an accomplice of the art process. An art object without a viewer is inactive, it is not activated. And only the presence of the viewer triggers the art action. Hence the conclusion follows that the object of art, in itself, is only a prerequisite for the mystery of the birth of the “meta-object” that arises when interacting with the observer. In a sense, this is the process of fertilization and the birth of a new life, a new thought form, when a unique pattern of perception of the subject is superimposed on the unique genome of a work of art. And if we continue this analogy, we can see that with such interaction, the born image carries new information about both participants. We learn something new about the work and about the viewer himself.

As a result, collecting diverse opinions about the work, we observe not only, and not so much the definitions of the work itself, as the definitions of the properties of the recipients’ personalities and their subjective models of perception. This could be said about any interaction between an object and an observer, but in the case of a work of art, it was created for the sake of this contact, in order to convey a message, in order to become a meta-object.

© Сергей Соболев

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