Kant tells us that conceptual principles, which arise from their reference to the realm of sensation, only serve our understanding for use in experience. Due to habitual proximity, some experiences are repeatedly augmented. Such is the case on a cold early morning, looking east from just outside my front door. When creative intuition is present, it passes into the work.
“The pure concepts of the understanding have no meaning whatever if they try to leave objects of experience and to be referred to things in themselves.” – Immanuel Kant
Into the interior
Focus only occurs at the very center of the visual field, while the peripheral remainder is fuzzy. Nevertheless, perception extends beyond observation sharply limited. Ability to sense what is vaguely around has an immediate direct correlation on emotional attitude, movement orientation, and situational response.
“We feel that we are experiencing surface as inseparable from depth as a dimension of the full-bodied object–a depth somehow shared by the perceived thing and the surface itself.” – Edward S. Casey
Unity of essence
Crystalline pastel moments justify emergence of novel conscious states. Catering to sight while time traveling through the terminal, some designed spaces expand horizons of the possible.
“Studying consciousness tells us more about how the world is fundamentally strange. I think we have a few revolutions to go yet before we get to the bottom of it.” – David Chalmers
Mindfulness explicates every experience in light of imaginative play that forms an impression of actuality. Our interpretive approach continually structures neural brain connections that establish the possibilities of understanding. Mental plasticity means that developmental direction is under influential control.
“Every individual man . . . carries in disposition and determination a pure ideal man within himself, with whose unalterable unity it is the great task of his existence, throughout all his vicissitudes, to harmonize.” – Friedrich Schiller
Rather than being an uncomfortable physical chore, traversing the airport terminal can be an aesthetic visual delight full of significance and meaning. Recognized as a creative opportunity, the journey egress becomes as efficacious as the destination potential.
“Vision is already inhabited by a meaning which gives it a function in the spectacle of the world and in our existence.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Spontaneous awareness is informed and balanced by rational analysis. Nevertheless, both of these mental cognitions can occur in the unconscious mind. It is important not to conflate structural conditions of possibility with experiential content.
“A conception formed from notions, which transcends the possibility of experience, is an idea, or a conception of reason.” – Immanuel Kant
Suddenly the physical properties of matter interacting with energy stimulate contemplation of the formal cause as the direction of being. The unity of imaging takes many things and sublates a coherent whole.
“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” – Aristotle
Never get there
While functioning as an itinerate aesthetician within the airport terminal building, I consider the philosophical proposal to question all matters pertaining to existence. This involves the relation between thinking and being in the present, or the awareness intensity of sensuous experience subject to intellectual organizing principles.
“If the antepredicative moment is really pure, it is not known how it can engender and found a sense that becomes progressively complicated and that gains autonomy while remaining dependent on its origin.” – Jacques Derrida
Responding to the conditions that are existent using the apparatus of sensation constitutes perception. The requirements of universality ensure a certain level of functional similarity offering the possibility of communication. Yet all things perceived also recede beyond their immediately given aspects.
“The question of knowing if the outside world exists or not has no meaning in phenomenology.” – Emmanuel Levinas
The scale and space of the artful airport terminal building can project an ambience of aesthetic tension. As an uncongenial in-between gap in social fabric, there is a certain detached anxiety always in the mix.
“The unity of apperception disintegrated into a large number of subroutines.” – Friedrich A. Kittler