Published on March 15, 2021 by Darren
I published a new one As part of Piece at The dropout this evening. With WandaVision When I finished a little over a week ago, I had some thoughts about art, ambiguity, and meaning. You know little things.
One of the most interesting aspects of WandaVision was the way it was presented and received as, a “mysterious box” Show. It was framed and treated as a puzzle to be solved. What is interesting about this is the care with which the finale carefully explained and confronted every possible fan theory and speculation, in order to communicate not only simply and straightforwardly what the audience should take from this story, but also how it should be feeling in response to certain key plot beats.
This arguably is a reflection of a larger trend in pop culture where the idea of ambiguity is heavily rejected and the idea that everything has a fixed meaning that can be clearly determined and objectively inferred is accepted. This ignores the reality that art exists in ambiguity, that there is no simple, single decoder ring, and that meaning is often inferred from conversations between the art and the audience that consumes it.