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    By Leah Brown, FATVillage Take a look around any art opening these days and you are sure to see this scene: the audience standing with their backs up against the work of art they are (supposedly) there to see, arms outstretched in front of perfected smiles, thumbs pressing the button on their phones’ cameras to capture their own image with the art as background to their personal narratives. This, it seems, is the new way of looking at art, necessitating the insertion of one’s self.  It is like the highest form of postmodernism in its attribution of authorship to the viewer, with each work being defined by the onlooker’s presence and symbiotically defining the onlooker in his/her own terms: I am cultured; I am edgy; I am having fun; this is _____(insert adjective) and so am I…