Geeks and nerd vs. modern art. WTF? →
[More:]So, I'm reading this article over at Ars Technica
about this cool approach to "restoring" a Rothko mural at MIT. Sounds like an interesting technical solution. All well and good.
But, then I read the comments, and despair.
The massive brick wall against, and open hostility and dismissal of, modern art is really ugly. And, sadly, this seems to be a pretty common attitude in the geek/nerd world.
I used to work in a tech company, and encountered this hostility quite regularly, and it really confused me that a seemingly otherwise intelligent and well-educated group should have an almost institutional hatred toward modern art. It almost come across as an attitude of "If I don't immediately understand it, it's not worthy of my attention".
It's just weird to me how prevalent this attitude seems to be. Has anyone else dealt with or witnessed this? I get that modern art can often be challenging, but for a group that seems to live for challenges, the refusal to even try to understand art is really striking.
Plus, the art in question is a Rothko. I mean, cmaon...Even if you don't "get" it, they're damned pretty to look at.