ART & ORGANISM
how can we represent what we think, how we feel?
In A&O, we propose that experiences, beliefs, feelings–and their indelible imprint on who we are by means of implicit or explicit memory–are who we are — and we want to be understood as much as we want to understand (in fact these are likely necessary to each other)
We communicate as best we can. We began with just a few poorly coordinated gestures … a few vowels (expressive as they may be, gurgling, grunting, crying, laughing … and it takes off from there… Developmental biologists spend vast amounts of time documenting, categorizing, and hypothesizing the underlying processes as they mature … and then there are the evolutionary processes by which communication trickles through the generations.
But how do we represent ourselves? EXPRESSIVE AESTHETICS is concerned with the selective representation of thoughts to communicate as accurately as we can; RECEPTIVE AESTHETICS deals with perception and its changes from stimuli to concepts. IN BETWEEN these, we make the best use possible of the media available to us. (look at the A&O page on principles of communication); then …
Here is a quick survey of a few typical as well as rare modes of transmission:
WORDS: The Problem with Words
The FOUR ESSENCES (the fifth is QUINTESSENCE)
DANCE / PERFORMANCE
CHEMOSENSORY, TASTE, SCENT
Collaborations with other species
- The Caddis fly and “extra-somatory self” (read about using another species in the expression of your vision: collaboration with a caddis worm