Skilled visions: ecologies of belonging and sensorial apprenticeship
I was amazed by her demonstration: she presented how cattle breeders produced a highly sophisticated set of visual standards to evaluate the value of the cows, only based on looking at them. By SEEING, these experts KNOW. Cristina also read comments of cattle specialists using a beauty vocabulary to describe the bovines.
I would love that Cristina study the community of contemporary artists with the same anthropologic eye that she put on cow experts: Is there such a thing as a standardized and skilled artistic eye? How would it affect our taste? What would be the gold standard: the now consensual eye of Picasso for example (picture 1)? Are there a lot of cow expert deviants, who question the standardized definition of a nice or valuable cow (picture 2), as there are numerous painters who don't follow the flow? This could lead to a fascinating and controversial anthropology/art joint presentation at an upcoming conference on neuroesthetics.
This is part of a series of posts on the 11th International Conference on Neuroesthetics (September 2014).