The present moment in memory becomes a myth that grows into a systematic intellectual impulse. Seeking answers in the city as nightfalls is a physical process in concert with exteriority, dancing in the moonlight.
“Reality is not figure and void, it is all relationships, a twinkling field of interrelated events.” – Robert Hughes
A signature mark on the landscape, each city has its own character, a historicity informing the present. The restored Chief Theater neon sign sticks out while you are driving through Old Town.
“He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.” – Elie Wiesel
Time passes on
No matter what aspect
Making meaning out of finitude, signposts appear for travelers in the temporal stretch that comprises experience. While being embedded in a reality provided for no obvious reason, what defines the human being is an insatiable curiosity. We are free to formulate answers to the unknowable, seeking solutions to the necessary conditions for the possibility of what is and what is not. Awareness is concerned about its own relationship to existence.
“The perfectio of human being–becoming what one can be in being free for one’s ownmost possibilities (project)–is an ‘accomplishment’ of ‘care’.” – Martin Heidegger
At the helm
Higher ideals are a conception of something in the form of absolute perfection, and are thus mental modalities that employ imagination. Put into motion and characterized across space and time, in this episode modern imitation of form is actualized on the Providence river. Even similarity requires distinctions, packaged and presented in digestible portions.
“It is evident therefore that color harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration in the human soul; and this is one of the guiding principles of the inner need.” – Wassily Kandinsky
Appearance is here distilled into the intrinsic nature of experiencing a place, involving something abstract that determines spirit. Behind material manifestation is an incorporeal substance or energy that develops and grows as an integral aspect of present existence.
“Thus we see already that from without we can never arrive at the real nature of things.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Points of reference
Effort of imagination
Stranger than known intellectualizing, dynamic amorphous forms morphing in the streets can elicit interest. Direct access facilitates aesthetic understanding. When you find an affecting place and time, take full advantage of the immediate circumstances.
“By intuition is meant the kind of intellectual sympathy by which one places oneself within an object in order to coincide with what is unique in it and consequently inexpressible.” – Henri Bergson
Collapse the hierarchy
I am looking into the relationships between tacit knowledge, intuition, and techne. Seems likely that they are closely associated, informing a way to use art making to nurture the conditions propagating creative intuition.
“Rules of art can be useful, but they do not determine the practice of an art; they are maxims which can serve as a guide to the art only if they can be integrated into the practical knowledge of the art. They cannot replace this knowledge.” – Michael Polyani
Diverse form derivation
Hermeneutic circles are found through surface reading of the fragmented city. Experienced purposively subdivided in space and time, the whole is inferred as the disjointed parts reveal themselves on a wandering ambulation.
“A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” – Patrick Geddes
Essential to enhance
Visually vacillating between remote isolation and densely crowded human population centers, nature is defined by constructional distinctions. Only so much can fit into any one specific spatial locality. Fabricated boundaries of determination, organizational categorization helps cut existence up at arbitrarily established joints.
“Our purity of purpose cannot be contaminated by those who disagree!” – The Gorgan
Quick and lively
Existence and essence manifest and proceed in unison. Into the world, we are thrown, with circumstances and parameters given without our control. The essence of any contingency episode is experientially assembled upon accustomed structural relations.
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” – Jean-Paul Sartre