Category Archives: City

Affirm the Existence

Merely to say
Unactualized possibilities
Ontological agreement

Sometimes ‘things-in-themselves’ are distinctly interesting in their presented space and time coordinates. Through aesthetic appraisement, metaphysics is capable of extending our knowledge of reality.

“To be is to be the value of a variable.” – Willard Van Orman Quine

Wrapped Perceptions

Mystifying gloss
Tantalizing access
Organizing principles

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

Pocatello Junction

Night illumination
Movement stipulation
Transportation conduit

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
Impermanence mutability

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

La Gondola

At the helm
Transformed enterprise
Unwavering focus

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

Essence of Brown

Architectural district
Dense concentration
Ancient buildings

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

Local Thyme

Points of reference
Effort of imagination
Incidents manifest

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

Tacit Symbology

Traveling fact
Elusive character
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

City Restlessness

Systematic structure
Diverse form derivation
Objective spirit

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

Infrastructure Construction

Physical components
Interrelated systems
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