One might think, judging by the title, that this essay might be about the interactions between eastern philosophical meditative states and how they integrate into complex systems possibly through a digitally connected environment, but in fact this is about moving residence. Not long ago I completed a 740 km journey from one end of the north island to the other, a southern migration; like a bead of condensation driven by gravity on the windshield or a blue digitized line on the screen of a mobile device, its GPS following me everywhere I go. As I move along the prescribed route intersecting various coordinates, numbers and symbols dance across my field of vision. Mostly the journey is fluid, traveling at constant speeds, a direct route through varied topologies, occasionally there are diversions, intersections that interrupt the flow and divert attention, possible bifurcations and distractions.
As I traveled, I began to contemplate the effect that environment might have on ones being and how the outcomes of those experience manifest themselves through communication. Every time I leave a place I feel as if I have left something behind, not in the sense of forgetting something but more like a type of residue, something that is never seen, felt or heard. Every input one receives from these environments and experiences alters the way we see things and the way we react. I suppose one could say that humans are reactive identities with the ability to adjust their senses and responses in relation to their proximity, physical or psychological, to situations and events. In a way this is what set us apart; our ability to analyze any situation and adapt our thinking, our modes of comprehension and to adjust to other beings where we can either passively integrate or aggressively react or somewhere in between.
to be continued ...
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we sat facing each other, fists pounding the table, plates rattling, scattering and shimmering on the wooden surface . like boiling water on the hood of a pick-up truck in the middle of a texan summer . two minds interlocked in a battle of differences . two opposing views, neither one understanding the complexities of their intents . the shouting got louder and the ability to rationalise increasingly became dimmer . loved ones dispersed, sheltering from the eruptions . we continued to shout . 'art is not art unless it is universal' thump ! the plates danced ... 'but hold on a sec, does that mean that i am not an artist because i am not universal?' no reply... 'art is only good when everyone recognises it ... like monet or michelangelo... that's what art is! bang! ... it went on like this and things shut down ... what began as a conversation, where the exchange of ideas and the sharing of experiences around a common space enlivened by the gift of food and drink, had now become, once again, a lecture . this is not normal i thought to myself . thankfully those days are gone .
extracts ... a dichotomy of mind where we are consumed by the sheer volume of its existence yet simultaneously define its very being through our participation.... As everyday life increasingly becomes immersed within the digital environment how might our codification affect our visual perceptions, cognitive processes and our rationality ... will this type of assimilation exclude our ability to interpret those unseen spaces, those moments which are composed through a process of intuition and experiment ... click/tap image to download PDF
It is generally accepted that a perceived negative experience is what holds the most weight; those contradictory thoughts that challenge an intent and question a result. In turn, this conflict might then take up residence in the realm of memory and as it is analysed, categorised and positioned within a framework of reference, it begins to expose itself to reveal its true intent. This disclosure can take ideas beyond the opaque which helps to initiate a continuum that compliments a practice and expands thought. These observations can also be the spark that propels ideas forward, in new directions. These challenges form part of a network which constantly relies on the surge of cause and effect, the connection of inputs and outputs, flows of information and flows of existence. These relations can be perceived as being organic, technological, ecological, economic, or relational and they can be placed just about anywhere within a systems of taxonomy; they are the threads, the nodes, the elements, the modules, the constituent parts of a whole.
As the artist becomes a scientist, the filmmaker a painter, the collector a writer, the student an educator, the performer an observer, the sculptor a dancer, the actor an activist, or the conductor a musician, ad infinitum, artists can learn to enrich their practice with the knowledge that nothing is static and all things are forever intertwined. This process of self-knowing allows them to inform every project they take on and feed the need for a line of enquiry which is dedicated and focused and allows for a convergence of ideas through a process of synthesis.
Synthesis is a way of thinking and doing, of providing a vision, in which an idea or a thing, imagined or real, is seen as a coherent whole; often consisting of parts, from which thought can be developed, action can be rejected or taken, and the thing made, assembled, or constructed; either as a new creation or activity or as a duplicate or substitute of known substances. (Hall, 1997, p.18)
In 1993 I worked with the author, philosopher (although he would not consider himself one) and engineer, Carl W. Hall. His book The Age of Synthesis – A Treatise and Sourcebook would become a significant piece of writing for me. This work confirmed a myriad of thoughts which had been muddling around in my mind. It helped validate my position in relation to the shift that I believe humanity needs in order to move forward in an intelligent, thoughtful and purposeful way.
Hall, C. W. (1997, Summer). The age of synthesis. The Bent of Tau Beta Pi, 17-19. Retrieved from http://www.tbp.org/pubs/Features/Su97Hall.pdf