Monday, March 30, 2009

it's just you and me now


Being short of attention and easily distracted, I've always supported the idea of singling out one thing to look at at a time, especially in the context of art. Even in college, I used to prefer to display fewer pieces and give each one room, than attempt to ambush the audience from all sides.

An Observer article on Sunday took this thinking to its natural conclusion, identifying ten pieces of art, each of which "deserves an afternoon of your time. In fact, each deserves a room, if not a whole show, of its own."

Spending an afternoon of your time in front of one painting is something almost no one would be willing to do in 2009. And whether you think it's pretentious or attractive, it certainly gets you thinking.

It got me thinking about websites and specifically about Single Function, a site dedicated to - well, single-function websites. Spotted by Nathan. One of my favourites being sad trombone btw.

Being single-function scares people. Especially when their money's on the line and they want to see that money turn into an equal amount of stuff. The scattergun approach is tempting. But singularity cuts through every time.

Iain was recently discussing the question: Can a website make you cry? Here's another question: What single-function website would you spend an afternoon with?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Asi said...

oh it's such a fascinating topic mate.

indeed it sometimes feels like we lost our ability to focus and deep dive on a single item of interest, whether its books, art, or even work - when was the last time you focused on thinking for more than 2hours straight on something without checking email/twitter/cool shit/text message etc?

have you read this one? http://is.gd/iHNV

But we have to be careful not to fall to the trap of the dichotomy of “brief and shallow” media vs. “long and deep” media - it's too easy and simplistic...

10:19 am  
Blogger Andy Whitlock said...

thanks for the link mate. Will have a 'long and deep' read later ;)

1:23 pm  

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