Van Gogh:  Virtual Exhibitions

4.1 "The Original"

Virtual Exhibitions (supplement)

4 Full Episode

Van Gogh - Immersive Exhibits (Waywords)

4+ Bonus Episode

Van Gogh - Immersive Exhibits (members)

“… feels less like a museum exhibit and more like the Instagram feed of an insufferable wellness coach/lifestyle guru.”

“The perfect mix of traditional art, augmented by technology. The paintings come to life in an unimaginable way, leaving one in awe and wonder. As I sat back in beach chair, I didn’t know what to expect. The experience is cathartic, inspiring, and leaves one deeply emotional and wanting more.”


  1. Intro
  2. Costs, Critics, and Questions 
  3. Intentional Objections and Art Displacement
  4. Meaning in the Absence of Paint
  5. **Art Under Capitalism
  6. Immersion and Mental Illness
  7. Ekphrasis: The Response to Art
  8. Reading: Anne Sexton’s “The Starry Night”
  9. Traditional Criticisms in Paint; Meaning in the Non-Verbal
  10. The Olive Trees
  11. The Nature of Ekphrastic Dialogue and Fear
  12. **Van Gogh Transformations
  13. New Genres and Installations
  14. **Kurosawa, Chopin, and Emily
  15. **Some ToK Considerations
  16. Pedagogy and the Sesame Street Effect
  17. **Reading: “Van Gogh in the Olive Garden” by Whiteman
  18. Choosing Response
  19. Outro

**Available to our members on Episode 4+ (the full bonus episode)

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Original music for The Waywords Podcast is by Randon Myles

Chapter headings by Natalie Harrison and Sarah Skaleski

Cite this podcast with MLA format:

Chisnell, Steve. “Van Gogh: The Virtual Exhibitions.’” Waywords Studio, 26 Nov. 2021,

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