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    The Aesthetic Ground
    Project: The Total Library
    “Whether the cloud of alternatives that is yet hidden in our eyes; Whether the soft snow that falls upon the palace of certainty; The invisible is, always, the greatest friend of emotions that are searching, not for an author, but for depth. “

    (From “notes in black and white”)

    Where do Visions come from?

    Visions are those rare kinds of thoughts that do not unfold the existing mindset but disrupt it; they do not concur with tendencies in thinking, as they carry a critique of what and how we tend to be. They emerge in fractures as curators of change.

    Visions are curators of change;

    I believe Visions are an aesthetic category shaping the action that one is, holding subtle corridors in becoming while everything around is unclear, providing an alternative to that which is already set and thus has no room for beauty.

    The complexly hued fabric of visions that are constantly refurnishing the “human”, its culture and community, is probably the true capital of humanity, when coming to life.

    Call it meaning, narrative and mythology, call it ethics, value and morality, call it freedom, wisdom and contemplation, call it respect, honor and sanity, call it intelligence, sobriety and art. Call it the quest for enlightenment, call it the integrity of the scientific method and technology.

    It is the aesthetic activity, generating visions as curators of change, which makes us what we are. Each of the maze carvings which we call vision, is an aesthetic tool in the shaping of ourselves and of the resulting space of possibilities.

    Strike a Balance

    Politics on the other hand is a texture of power, a ‘webware’ of habitual culture that dislikes visions in favor of a stable mindset. Whether in a private mind, or in a public society, politics is always rooted around pillars of identity and strongholds of stability.

    When intersecting the web of politics, visions are a disruptive force, since by quickening the texture of emotions they raise the curtain upon the unpredictable; and in the face of chaos politics is slow, very slow.

    The simultaneous breaking through of our own fate and the recurrent fall into our greatest despair, do Visions need an efficient webware of sorts? A network of veins and capillaries, preventing the rich convolutions of multiple voices to collapse into one straight, if not rather flat line?

    And yet a webware that will keep the liveliness of visions is not to be readily found on the horizon.

    Politics can provide the frame, the signal of sanity in front of visions, for visions walk unleashed. Politics can serve a balance between continuity and change.

    The Encounter That We Are

    Our times produce ‘strange’ trajectories of motion, of reflective and interactive motion, which do not rest upon the subject-object relation but are open to the possibility of emerging co-intent.

    Crossing these trajectories, I find aesthetics, as the essence of emphatic action, to be a coagulating nucleus of the encounter we are.

    Looking for the invisible, one shouldn’t think it is to be found just and exactly at the edge of visibility; no, the invisible exists in the visible as much as it does beyond and around the visible.

    I call it silence,

    It is made of a cloud of alternatives,

    Alternative is a potential space in space,

    It is a Reflective-Ware,

    And it is endlessly expressive

    It is in the expressivity of silence that Imagination reshuffles the shape of things, extending beyond the obvious and the tedious, and orienting the encounter that we are.

    Visions live in the communication between the visible and the invisible, upon the fine vein which is the subject matter of any aesthetic venture, the naked line moving between skeletal structures, that is revealed to be as well the ephemeral trail of enticement leading to a meeting of minds.

    All visions begin with an encounter. All visions begin with silence, unfolding the looseness of reality, the inherent softness of it.

    Silence is visions’ inborn forgiveness of factuality.

    Empathy, provoke a continuum, dismantling certainty and weaving nets of wormholes between the visible and the invisible. In the inextricable friction of our diversity as rare spots of silence we are opening the gates to visions.

    The Aesthetic Ground

    Isn’t it that when we gaze at the future, when we pull our eyes from the impossibility of change of which politics so easily convince us, that we are instilling the life of interaction within the frame of art?

    I sketch the dynamic lines of it through the veins that are rooted in our bodies, and which I observe at times pulsing under a casual skin.

    Before being a theory aesthetics is an action, the action of undeterred insistence in refurnishing becoming.

    Before being a theory aesthetics requires the necessary non-act of disclosing a shape of silence in and around minds, in and around things.

    Before being a theory aesthetics is an inter-action, the empathic weaving of threads across the frontier between visible and invisible, the ephemeral mind of beyond born of encounter.

    Thus before being a theory Aesthetics is possibly about the apex of our action as humans.
    Aesthetics is the verb of curating becoming.

    Almost Constrained Always Open

    And so aesthetics is the activity based upon the intuition that the ‘universe’ is open at core, yet ‘almost’ constrained by its current state.

    Aesthetics thrives upon the random-chaotic motion of the gap, the invisible formless potency of change and undomesticated love.

    Aesthetics, the conscious activity of carving in transcending the current restraints, minding the gap of becoming in forming visions as curators of change.

    Keeping the clay of mind malleable, or simply soft. So that in the encounter that originates we will still be able to listen beyond the cliché of the last moment and beneath the politics of the future (next moment).

    To be continued..

    Image 1 – Zadok Ben David, from the installation “Human Nature” - 2006
    Image 2 – Hakuin (1685 - 1768), Fragment from: Blind man crossing a log bridge.
    Image 3 –Paul Villinski - Ardors
    Image 4 – Chris Gentile - I’ve just seen the rock of ages - 2006

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    Wildcat     Sun, May 15, 2011  Permanent link
    simply brilliant! love this reflective piece of non-philosophy.
    klaitner     Mon, Sep 12, 2011  Permanent link
    It is in the expressivity of silence that Imagination reshuffles the shape of things

    I changed one word, this resonates deeply
    Xaos     Tue, Sep 13, 2011  Permanent link
    good to hear that it resonates,
    thank for your suggestion, am introducing it in the piece.
    it is indeed more accurately representing the sense