91/365 – Meditation Games #91 – Museum Solo Quest

Developer: CECILE RICHARD

Launcher Quote: “VISIT by CECILE RICHARD (@haraiva)

i enjoy going to art museums with other people, but there’s something special about going to an art museum on your own.

you can soak in the art as long as you want, imagine what they would feel like if you could touch them, choose which painting you relate most to.

this is a game about how i feel when i go to an art museum on my own.”

I was surprised that it took this long to see an entry that involved a museum. Museums are made for meditation and reflection, but have a visual element to help you along on that front. Whether it’s to look at an art movement, or a science exhibit, or an anthropological exhibit about the history of man or beast, museums have been designed to get us to look inward as we look outward at observing things. Today’s game involved not only going to the museum but doing so on your own in order to be able to look and think at your own pace, and to ensure that you took the appropriate amount of time to appreciate what you’re seeing.

Going solo to a museum is not like going solo to a theater or a concert, or another activity where you’re around people and it might seem a bit unusual that you’re by yourself. Many a movie scene, study session, and sightseeing trip to a museum has been done solo, and the reason that’s fine is because of the fact that it’s a bit of a self-reflective practice. You look at a piece of art or sculpture or exhibit and you’re able to go about doing that on your own, as the content can be looked at solo or in a group. Most museums tend to be a bit quieter than normal, especially in larger exhibits where you might find yourself on your own more often than not if you’re solo, so this lends itself to being able to appreciate and soak in the experience of looking at the content – and in fact some exhibits are laid out such that you might wind up looking at and thinking about something on your own or sitting in a place where you can think about what you’re learning.

In today’s world where smartphones, social media, and the pressures of being in a group can at times make you feel like you’re never quite by yourself and in your headspace, museums serve as sanctuaries where solo questing yourself into being able to clear your head and think of what’s in front of you is both appropriate and encouraged. These sorts of little moments where you’re on your own can be rare if you’re in an urban environment or around people constantly for work, for play, and for other activities, which is why museums, as old as they are, probably persist today. They give a kind of sanctuary for people who want to be on their own to reflect on the different things the museum offers but more importantly, they remind us of our history, of our possibilities, and of our potential as humans. That, more than anything makes a museum visit worth the price of admission.

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