When presented with a mental image, having knowledge means that we presume comprehension. Reason consciously assures that the image is only a representation and that beyond the represented thing the thing-in-itself exists.
“The outside gaze is the function that is found at the heart of the institution of the subject in the visible.” – Jacques Lacan
On my side
Daydreaming manifests because phenomenal appearances are a detachment from the immediate noumenal surroundings, rendering contact with external reality oblique and partial.
“Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.” – Alexandre Dumas
Constrained by sensations
The state of being self-conscious of duration is ascertained by referring to something external and linked with individual existence. Such experiences issue from a stable scheme coordinating all external sensations in the mind. Any sensation requires something permanent and distinct by relation to which their variation can be interpreted.
“Through inner experience I am conscious of my existence in time (and hence also of its determinability in time), and that is more than to be conscious merely of my presentation.” – Immanuel Kant
Metaphysical claims cannot be proven, and there is no agreed-upon standard for what constitutes reality. This ambiguous condition is augmented by the problem of free will, which suggests life is more than just physical. Participating in existence makes independent observation unattainable.
“The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of the characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself.” – Clement Greenberg
Conscious experience view
George Berkeley advanced a theory he called “immaterialism,” advocating that the mind constitutes the ultimate reality, while denying the existence of external matter. If this were the case, why would we need sensory organs?
“My preference for clear structures is the result of my desire – perhaps illusory – to keep track of things and maintain my grip on the world.” – Andreas Gursky
In the neighborhood
Walking is a rudimentary surefire path to generating pleasure, relaxation, and mental stimulation. Along the way, existence provides moments of wonder as a creative resource.
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” – Ernest Hemingway
Day invents itself
The singular structure of an “ambientambulation” event blends seamlessly into the fabric of space/time. Curvature changes from point to point, depending on the amount of mass-energy present at each location.
“We take a walk, the sun is shining down–Burns my feet as they touch the ground.” – Paul Mccartney
Finding novel objects as creative source material within familiar environs indicates the infinite potential resident in the everyday. Each new moment contains possibilities that can emerge through dynamic imagination.
“The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn’t be any of this.” – Markus Zusak
Emergence of the graspable
An “ambientambulation” combines an affection for nature, intense philosophical thinking, and aesthetic stimulus response, all into an extended action duration.
“But that’s the whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment.” – Leo Tolstoy
With the sensible
The spatial determination of an imaged object is presented as an absolute property. Yet the object as a retinal image dispatches its internal diminutiveness. Furthermore, as a function of perception, object size is judged by means of relative memory comparison.
“Thought, irreducible to sensation, is defined by meaning and intentionality.” – Jean-Paul Sartre