Circumscribing the immediate predicament during an excursion through the airport terminal, the available visual information is marshaled, correlated and reduced into specific inquires. In active imagination, intelligent conjectures respond by considering many possible hypotheses.
“Anyone with an alertness of mind will encounter during the course of an investigation numerous interesting side issues that might be pursued.” – W. I. B. Beveridge
Fathoming the depths
By being embodied in concrete forms, primordial knowledge, flowing from a single center, shapes the whole of cognition. Meanwhile, the pure universal must appear to the understanding as essence without form. Nevertheless, essence without form is also actuality with form.
“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” – Roland Barthes
Methods of explanation
The impulse and the desire to investigate the essence of things is deeply implanted in humans. The creative faculty, like intellectual intuition, can also be developed, enhanced, and its resources multiplied ad infinitum.
“Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art.” – Anselm Kiefer
In an aesthetic frame of mind, there are logical similarities between psychological and physical descriptions. Approached from a receptive angle, unconventional hypotheticals become veracious.
“Prediction and explanation are exactly symmetrical. Explanations are, in effect, predictions about what has happened; predictions are explanations about what’s going to happen.” – John Rogers Searle
Walk all over
Art is not necessarily founded on conscious resolutions. Part of the fascination is the surprise of end results.
“In fact, hyperrealism must be interpreted in inverse manner: today reality itself is hyperrealist.” – Jean Baudrillard
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