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
Inherent in each specific experience, similarity and uniqueness are accentuated in accelerated tunnel travel. Working with pattern recognition at high speed, the subject reduces the universe to a set of nested fractal abstractions.
“In the real world, natural phenomena form intricately and elaborately interconnected systems determined by vast numbers of parameters, and they are affected by very small changes in some of these parameters.” – Valerie R. Shubik
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
Flash of recognition
Phenomenology starts with experience-as-experience and attempts to formulate a conscientious description. In any such account, perception is paramount in its cognitive content. In its nuanced distinction between sensation, imagination, and memory, how is perceptual experience structured to deliver meaning?
“The primacy of the image is easier to grasp in the case of memory than in perception, where ‘things’ seem to resist their designation as ‘images’ on the basis of their sheer materiality, their coefficient of resistance.” – Edward S. Casey
The successful artist improves apparent beauty by combining the essence of many individual instances into a perfect unity. From this viewpoint, the goal of aesthetic imitation is to create originality soaring above the senses, or tunneling through to the center of the mind.
“Minds favored by nature have here a plain way to become originals.” – Johann Joachim Winckelmann
See in outside
Preparing for an uncompromising constraint of available expanse, the mouth of the tunnel projects an alien environment. On tap is a brief burst of intensified space gesticulation in close quarters.
“The mental work that produces impressions, intuitions, and many decisions goes on in silence in our mind.” – Daniel Kahneman
Change of velocity
Per unit of time
With reality a systematic whole, object relationships amplify the closer they appear. Smearing time becomes possible within the close confines of the transportation tunnel. Existence comprises a temporal collection of regulating actions inserted one into another according to mental reconstruction.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
Photographing from a moving vehicle really increases the value of a road trip. Tunnels are especially interesting, as enclosed spaces dancing with light in a brief flash of Derridean différance. The meaning of the tunnel can only be defined through appeal to its perimeter portals.
“Movement is indivisible; it is only the trajectory of a moving body that is divisible.” – Henri Bergson
Remaking the world in the image of man, matter is in accordance, relating to existence. Radical thinking goes to the essence of things, as truth pops up in all walks of life. Art provides relief against many dehumanizing forces, indirectly working towards unconcealment. Getting behind appearances, common sense is superficial while linguistics is necessarily removed. Everything must become what it is. Truth is driven back to the human subject.
“Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.” – Martin Heidegger