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
Any variation detection requires a concurrent consistency reference. The comfort of a standard walking route reiterates the instantaneous. Within the flow of time, vigilant to transformational possibilities, each episode incorporates elements of change intrinsic to a framework of continuity.
“All genuine activity is carried out in the scope of attentiveness.” – Edmund Husserl
The entire system of experience subordinates to a universal thinker tasked with sustaining relationships. Part of the challenge is recognizing that pattern recognition wraps ambiguity in the service of action anticipation.
“All knowledge takes place within the horizons opened up by perception.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Light of possible objects
Arriving every fifteen minutes to pick-up travelers, in the early morning light at the Kansas City International Airport economy parking lot shelter, the blue bus is calling us. Firing up old synapse connections, time is ripe to exercise the urgent, vigorous, philosophical play of imagination to render knowledge applicable.
“The imagination forms in advance and before all experience of the object, the aspect in the pure form of time and precedes this or that particular experience of an object.” – Martin Heidegger
It is curious how contemporary art methodically disdains beauty. The postmodern position is that beauty is only superfluous surface with no underlying conceptual thought. Meanwhile, beauty remains an extremely important human emotional response that in its enigmatic wonderment is perhaps best explored by and through art. Perhaps contemporary art’s fallacious condition indicates the extreme power of conformity.
“Beauty is one of the great mysteries of nature, whose influence we all see and feel; but a general, distinct idea of its essential must be classed among the truths yet undiscovered.” – Johann Joachim Winckelmann