Most art is not as simple as it seems. An artwork will often convey a hidden, deeper meaning. It is up to the viewer to work out for themselves what this meaning is. In order to do this, they will have to utilise their own analytical skills. Sometimes, the meaning of an artwork is very specific and deliberate.
This is certainly true of work that is trying to state a political message. However, more abstract types of art are more open to interpretation. Therefore, each individual person can see a completely different meaning. It is worth delving into different visual art mediums in order to see how each one can be used to convey a message.
Films have a limited running time. On average, this tends to be around 90 minutes. However, it is up to the artist to decide the exact length. Short films can last less than ten minutes, and more ambitious films can go on for several hours. Despite this, the filmmaker will still encounter certain time limitations when it comes to conveying their message. But they can utilise various techniques to surmount this obstacle.
One of these techniques, unique to the art of the moving image, is editing. By placing separate shots in particular sequences, the filmmaker can communicate certain things to their audience. This could include the eliciting of particular emotions, or creating a narrative. Music is also very important in this regard. Despite being perceived as a mainly visual medium, film can completely change in tone depending on the type of music that is being used.
Television is very similar to film. The key difference is the fact that television shows, which consist of numerous episodes, have much longer running times. More elaborate stories can be told due to the breaks in between each episode. This is known as a ‘narrative arc.’ In practise, this means that television programs are able to convey very complex messages. The viewer gets to stay with characters for a very long time, sometimes years. This allows characters to change and become less two-dimensional.
Characters are regularly used in television to communicate messages to the viewer. The psychological growth of the character, and the way they change over time, are important ways of achieving this. Long drawn-out dramas, such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, are good examples of how characters can be used to communicate deeper meanings. In fact, numerous books about these programmes have been written by narrative theorists and analysts.
Art exhibitions are different because they allow for a lively and deeply immersive experience. The viewer gets to walk around the exhibit and interact with certain elements. Screen-based art is restricted to sight and sound. However, exhibitions can stimulate all of the human senses. Various scents can be pumped into the room to affect the sense of smell. The audience may also get to touch and feel certain textures. This greater amount of sensory freedom gives artists the chance to communicate deeper meanings to their audiences in novel and imaginative ways.