|from a story on NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/world/middleeast/israelis-watch-bombs-drop-on-gaza-from-front-row-seats.html?ref=world&_r=4&referrer|
Some beautiful looking healthy (and wealthy looking) men and women are on a hilltop to enjoy some 'beauty' across the distance. Now looking at the spectator's gaze is also a bliss who is looking at something beautiful or mind'blowing'. Here I do remember the Hindi song in Yeshu Dash's voice, "Aaj in nazaron ko tum dekhon, aur mein tumhein dekhte huye dekhun". (Today you keep looking at the visionary/ scenery, and let me look at you looking).
It is very common in an auditorium where one of the audiences either secretly or openly keep an eye at the fellow audience: an observatory on how the other people are looking at: at whatever they are looking.
Now the people at the hilltop are onlookers, observers, spectators, eyewitness and bystanders of something spectacular. They resemble the spectators of sunset at a sea beach. There is no difference at the first look between these people and the people in front of Tajmahal, or any other tourist occasions. A look can resemble with a rear window view looking at a cultural procession or any traditional spectacular act like Jagannath's Rathayatra. But more than the looks in front of a monument, the looks are similar to the looks of a time-bound event: including the sunset, a football or a cricket match.
The spectacularity of the Gaza bombarding fulfilled several aspects to fulfill the consumer-spectator: first, the visual impression that breaks the horizon across the distance; second, the 'ownership' of a gaze that is 'original' and 'authentic'; third, the power that the act of looking gives.
|Looking at the World's First Under water Atomic Explosion|
And beyond the people at the concerned hilltop, there are we, thousands of us, doing the same on facebook and other mediums. Then we are trying to translate the sadist pleasure in to 'art' idioms.
|Taken from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152593297122369&set=a.437611432368.204374.223871557368&type=1&relevant_count=1|
|Artist: Amir Schiby, Tribute to Mohammed, Ahed, Zakaria and Mohammed Bakr, |
the 4 boys killed on the beach in Gaza on 16/07/2014.
|Taken from Facebook|
Spectacularity has a common language- from art and culture to everyday life to war-zone. But the meaning might be different.
Now the same question remains unmovable after Pete Seeger:
"When will we ever learn?".