Giant swing tower
Complex balance stimuli
Safe dangers abound as carnival amusement attractions entice participants seeking extraordinary experiences. Money can buy brief periods of suspended entertainment.
“Amusement is appealing because we don’t have to think; it spares us the fear and anxiety that might otherwise prey on our thoughts.” – John Ortberg
On the expanding boundaries of an unknown universe, the carnival midway unity splinters into infinite shards of narrow possibility. Concurrently, the relationship between matter and consciousness is intellectually random and formally structured.
“There is a lack of alignment and the reflection is scattered in unrecognizable flashes of separate consciousness.” – JC Collins
Constituents of matter
Midway crowd movement often appears like a continuous-time probabilistic processes, here well illuminated by bright sunlight. Occasionally the question of randomness becomes part of the aesthetic pattern.
“So the movement mounts up from the atoms and gradually emerges to the level of our senses, so that those bodies are in motion that we see in sunbeams, moved by blows that remain invisible.” – Titus Lucretius Carus
Strolling on the midway, in a mood for public interaction, sparkling lights tend to hypnotize. The rules of engagement depend on the social-cultural envelope.
“It is little silly to be a caricature of something of which you know very little, and which means very little to you, but to be your own caricature – that is the true carnival!” – Karen Blixen
Night closes in on the midway drama, with an unnatural twist appealing to a hankering for a load of merriment. The carnival preys on a kind of contented mindlessness built around obedience.
“Though the carnival life gonna always shine, you can’t turn back the time.” – Maria McKee
Seen by others
The price of admission opens up possibilities for cultural observation. What constitutes reality, what is the essence of being human, how is knowledge acquired, what has value, are all explored at the annual Missouri State Fair.
“The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.” – Dejan Stojanovic
Positively phototactic organisms move towards light sources. On the midway, bright colorful lights attract more than just moths.
“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” – Rumi
Imagination is more than just a mediator, but rather has a dual character both sensible and conceptual. Because of this duality, Kant differentiates between ‘reproductive” and “productive” imagination. Reproductive imagination is empirical, assimilating the object without its presence by syntheses of the memory manifold. Productive imagination is transcendental in that it makes possible the reproduction of appearances.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anaïs Nin
Corn Dogs and Ferris Wheels………… not confined in space/time, the liberated and intimate attitude of the carnival enables everything which is normally separated to bond.
“The way in which I create myself is by means of a quest. I go out into the world in order to come back with a self.” – Mikhail Bakhtin
Inhere in time
Anticipation and aspiration congregate around the carnival food dispensary, as a tense feeling of nervous energy promulgates on the midway. Society needs safe zones of controlled pressure release.
“We do not pretend to completeness or precision in our theoretical formulations and definitions.” – Mikhail Bakhtin