Leaving town in a slight drizzle, a progressive series of intermediate stages anticipates the open highway. Seemingly, with an urgent agenda, vehicles come and go.
“Develop the desire motor.” – Marcel Duchamp
In the alley
In metaphysics, theology, spirituality, and other philosophical contexts, the Absolute is a term for ‘being’ itself, or perhaps the being that transcends and comprehends all other beings. From an outside observational perspective, everything and nothing are the same.
“The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.” – Max Planck
Dictates of nature
Concerned for success
Certain determining contingencies are beyond any level of control and must simply be treated as adaptation stimuli. Although a cluster of diverse responses might serve the same function, not everything encountered happens for a reason.
“It is agreed on all hands that the qualities or modes of things do never really exist each of them apart by itself, and separated from all others, but are mixed, as it were, and blended together, several in the same object.” – George Berkeley
As homage to tenacity and the process of natural selection in the evolution of organisms, over the years certain subjects claim recurrent exposure. Such is the case of this ‘silo-tree,’ a 55-year-old Mulberry, gracefully growing east of Knob Noster. Physical law enables us to construct symbols of things separately from the things themselves.
“The best way for scientists to approach biological systems is to look for features of adaptation and good design.” – Peter Godfrey-Smith
Accuracy does not work
Understanding its relevance
Extremes of absence
Aesthetic judgment bridges the gap between the observable and the possible. The transition is reasonable as the mind passes from the one to the other. Attempting to attain experience independence, indifference is unjustified.
“I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality … to bend reality.” – Storm Thorgerson
Images generated from travel redeem a sensuous cognition built on a considered yet fleeting and impartial reference translation. In correspondence with an ordered cosmos, real-world objects and subjective experience interpenatrate.
“In the foundations of color, vision sees the Universe; in the foundations of the Universe, it sees man; in the foundations of man, it sees vision.” – François Laruelle
The imagination freely harmonizes in cognition when it is unconstrained by the concepts of understanding. In imaginative free-play, when under the influence of the dynamically sublime, we become aware of our supersensible nature. By becoming aware of potential extending beyond the corporeal realm, aesthetics reveals the dimension of human freedom.
“In our encounter with vast formless objects, we are led to estimate the greatness of their magnitude by reference to the absolute measure – namely, infinity as a whole.” – Paul Crowther
Traveling across the surface, an imminent impression retains the variegated pattern of energy distribution spread over the scene without climax. Beauty is not the object of ambition in such transcendental deployments, but rather is the condition making aesthetic experience possible. To formulate a ground of potential, immanent principles must extend beyond their decorous limits.
“This very integration intensifies the aesthetic experience: it is the creation of a total environment that is meant to be completely absorbing.” – Crispin Sartwell
What you see
Extension of remaining
Memorable events can be celebrated differently. As cultural instruments of the still living, cemeteries are an odd combination of melancholy and beauty. Each visit makes me wonder if the end of life experience is universal.
“Tombstones covered the dale, the smooth marble surfaces bright. She had spent days here as a teenager, though not out of any awareness of mortality.” – Thomm Quackenbush
Appear to see
Close observation of everything is impossible, rendering selection discrimination necessary. The value of direct personal observation, under a new light, helps to select the significant from the familiar. On a stroll over to the town cemetery, a speculative and contemplative mental attitude prevents anomalies to pass unnoticed.
“Knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us.” – Wilfred Trotter