Category Archives: State Fair

Fair Promenade

Leisurely walk
Public view
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

Midway Aspirations

Determining ground
Objective sensations
Empirical representation

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

Control the Movement

Amusement ridden
Great momentum
Passenger conveyance

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

Regulations Suspended

Carnival event
Central celebration
Spectator performance

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

Dialogic Imagination

Complications unique
Inhere in time
Combined effects

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

Fascinatory Field

Essentially indeterminate
Dimension of quantity
Aggressive function

The carnival midway glimmers and whirls as the sun sets on another warm summer day.

“Thought establishes a relationship with an unassumed exteriority.” – Emmanuel Levinas

Having an Image

Current consciousness
Concrete particularity
Second-order act

We commonly consider that the realm of consciousness is populated with tiny imitations depicted as mental images. Thus in the automatically reflective glance, we think that the object of the cerebral representation is externally located. Sartre calls this mode of cognition ‘the illusion of immanence’ that originates in our habit of thinking in space and in terms of space.

“The perceptions, which enter with the most force and violence, we may name impressions . . . By ideas I mean the faint images of these in thinking and reasoning.” – David Hume


Corn dogs
Funnel cakes

The term Understanding is used in Kant’s technical sense as the mental faculty subsuming the particular by applying Categories by way of Imagination’s ‘Schematism’ to Anshauung, or sensibility awareness. Meanwhile he uses the term transcendental to represent the underlying conditions that are the necessary grounds for the possibility of experiencing anything.

“Walk the midway and hear the carnival barker.” – Sherman Alexie

Plot Device

Precarious speculation
Resolve the dilemma
Revelation episode

Fiction can come alive on the midway. To Be Continued…

“Don’t bother to buckle up – you may not want to survive this.” – Eric Qualen

Transcendental Illusion

Ostensible purpose
Unavoidable dialectic
Rationalist considerations

Reacting aesthetically to the inevitability and necessity of drawing metaphysical conclusions, lights on the midway rhythmically hypnotize. It is good to be an artist.

“These conclusions are . . . to be called pseudo-rational . . . they are not fictitious and have not arisen fortuitously, but have sprung from the very nature of reason.” – Immanuel Kant