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
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
When proceeding to a vanishing point, enclosed in a glass transport tunnel hermetically sealed from the larger visual exterior, an interpretation of implication applies. Mental affections themselves, of which sensations are an adaptive stimulus, formulate associated significance. By structuring a methodological awareness of contextual understanding, knowledge and meaning remain separate thought modalities linking allegories of nature.
“From the perspective of mere representation, the external world always remains only a phenomenon.” – Wilhelm Dilthey
Episodes to be set
Hegel destabilized form by positioning it in an ever changing historical dialectic. This temporality makes form contingent on dynamic conditions, influenced by a received consciousness of socialization. Thus, art is always a combination of form and associated conditioned content, or ideology. An ideology is an aggregate of pulsating conscious and unconscious ideas that constitute expectations, aspirations, and behavior. Implicitly every artwork imposes an ideology, whether or not it is promoted as an explicit system component.
“The great thing however is, in the show of the temporal and the transient to recognize the substance which is imminent and the eternal which is present.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The past is prologue, a simple intuition of the imagination. High-speed cruising through a combustion-gas filled tunnel under a large body of water, a beautifully sublime episode is packed with fantasy. Time may speed up or slow down, but moments ignored are lost forever, time mobile and incomplete.
“Let us take our mind off the space subtending the movement and concentrate solely on the movement itself, on the act of tension or extension, in short, on pure mobility. This time we shall have a more exact image of our development in duration.” – Henri Bergson