Straight light searching
Enveloped spacious territories stimulate conceptual analysis. Certain structural contingencies reiterate the fissure between mental representations of space and space itself.
“Those who assert the absolute reality of space and time, whether they assume this as subsistent or only as inherent, must be in conflict with the principles of experience themselves.” – Immanuel Kant
Relation to presence
Airport terminals are wonderlands of light and motion, filled with tension.
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
When traversing the airport metropolis, sometimes the interval between gates is an aesthetic adventure. With familiarity comes anticipation, coupled with the desire to make the most of each opportunity. Part of the challenge is to capture interesting images while both blending-in and meeting schedules.
“Through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us, which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Altered awareness state
An artificially created underground tunnel environment is a fantasyland for inspiration. Responding to existence, the mind comprises a complex set of abilities and functions. In this proceeding, the synthesis of ideas generated by sensation is an effect of the imagination, an indispensable task upon which cognition depends. Knowledge of an unknowable external contingency is a matter of pattern association.
“Under certain unidentified conditions, the ground alone, though grounding nothing, would suffice for stability; one would be planted upon a self-sufficient earth, absolute science unperturbed from without.” – John Sallis
Deformity of reason
Conditions of possibility precede any interpretive formulation. Along the way, creativity is stoked by connecting disparate sensations into novel associations. Capable of cultivation, the habit of mind which searches for relationships becomes highly significant in idea production.
“If we confine ourselves to phenomena, the utility of the thing in perception is not arrived at by association, but is a condition of association, and as such precedes the delimitations which establish and verify it, and indeed precedes itself.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty
A long escalator to a callous tunnel stretching under the runway provides physical access to another airport terminal. Although such visionary environments become familiar with repeated exposure, their uniquely futuristic character are always noteworthy.
“The possibility of experience in general is thus at the same time the universal law of nature, and the principles of the former are themselves the laws of the latter.” – Immanuel Kant
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
Inside a futuristic utopia of an elaborate structure that resembles something from a ‘Jetsons’ cartoon.
“Intentionality is not an ordinary relation to an extraordinary object, but a special kind of relation to an ordinary object.” – Dan Zahavi
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
Things in time
Seeking wisdom in the airport terminal, space and time are present as intermediaries. This is a temporary zone, a point of transfer in a quest to both depart and arrive. Driven by the measurement of time, the perceived past and the imaginary future become timeless in conscious experience of a communal territory.
“Turn off your mind; relax and float downstream; it is not dying. Lay down all thought; surrender to the voice: it is shining. That you may see the meaning of within: it is being.” – John Lennon