Knowledge, Perception, Truth are based on content and context
The material conditions of our life frame our knowledge
We looked at the Bill Viola film ‘The Crossing’ 1996 (click on the title to see extract) and had a discussion about beauty. Did we find this film beautiful? Personally I found it very moving – it uses spiritual symbolism, communicates through the body and the concepts of anointing, immersion, sound, the elements.
And so all this leads to…………
Aesthetics – the science of sensory knowledge, supplemented by meaning, memory, metaphor, symbol and history. One of three chairs is a photograph of a chair, a chair and a dictionary definition of a chair – are they all chairs? I can already see I’m getting into deeper meanings here!
Jorma Puranen Imaginary home coming 1992 “the past is a figment of the imagination. This remains true regardless of what documents we use to approach it. For the explorer of the past old photos serve ‘as vehicles of fantasy or dreaming’ ust as maps once aided explorers”
Maps are always seen from one position and as a power structure – psycho-geography
Truth is a grey area – something I hadn’t given much thought to except to always question the foundation the truth is based on – then I came across this quote by Friedrich Nietzsche – “What therefore is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonymies, anthropomorphisms: in short a sum of human relations which became poetically and rhetorically intensified, metamorphosed, adorned, and after long usage seem to a notion fixed, canonic, and binding; truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions; worn-out metaphors which have become powerless to affect the senses; coins which have their obverse effaced and now are no longer of account as coins but merely as metal.”