For eons of time, artists have always put the spectator in front of them. Artists seemed okay with the viewer being a participant but usually from the periphery. It was bold, fresh, and curiously acceptable for the viewer to have some form of participation within the composition but that level of engagement had copiously been restrictive and extremely selective.
Umberto Boccioni, States of Mind 111,1911
What are your thoughts when Umberto Boccioni proclaims that Futurist artists “Painters have always shown us things and people in front of us? We will put the spectator in the middle of the picture.” (Umberto Boccioni, Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting, 1910.)