Aesthetics of the Everyday : A Creative Human Praxis

•January 14, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Aesthetics of the Everyday : A Creative Human Praxis

Working Praxis into Creative Research
Clay, Paint, Matter/Everyday Landscapes

The Subject Matter of Lived Experience

The Potter’s wheel creates cognitive enactments (materiality) through encountering clay.

The Heideggerian Roots of Everyday Aesthetics
A Hermeneutical Approach to Art
Cristian Hainic

The mere aesthetic experience of understanding one’s being-in-the-world as made up by everyday phenomena, is in itself overwhelmingly sufficient to constitute a foundation for an aesthetic of everyday life.

Textuality/Interpretations (Texts and their inherent lack of perceptual immediacy)

Everything in language belongs to the process of understanding

Human understanding/interpretation takes place not in the immediacy of representational thinking but rather in the lack of  objects and experiences available for direct confrontation.

John Dewey
Live Creature, an aesthetic experience comes to be defined as active and alert commerce with the world. Life does not merely go on in an environment, but rather because of an environment and because we interact with it.

Up, Across and Along
Tim Ingold

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1853)
Dunwich, Suffolk,c. 1830

Jacqueline Rose’s catalogue essay on Therese Oulton

How to paint the earth lovingly but without false solace,a world in which love might be impotent?

But then, at the very moment you have ceded such intimacy, she manages to give you the sensation of a world hurtling to the point when there might no longer be anything, or anyone there.

The Art of Jeremy Gardiner

Robert Ayers

Often for these painters the experience that they concern themselves with most directly, is that of nature, which in its vast and enormously inflected range can act as a metaphor for lived experience.

They are concerned more with how nature feels than how landscape looks. They share too an awareness that it is the translation of that feeling into paint mark, the achievement of an equivalence, that is of crucial importance. It is in the consummation of paint and experience that picture-making finds experience.

Paint marks flicker as we look at them between substance and illusion.


Landscapes are contested, untidy and messy, tensioned, always in the making. Our landscapes of modernity are frequently on the move and peopled by diasporas and migrants of identity, people making homes in new places.
An Anthropology of Landscape

Christopher Tilley, Kate Cameron-Daum

Studies in the Everyday
Ben Highmore

Lukács’s Literary Cartography:
Spatiality, Cognitive Mapping, and The Theory of the Novel
Robert T. Tally Jr.


Working Praxis into Creative Research Clay, Paint, Matter/Everyday Landscapes The Subject Matter of Lived Experience The Potter’s wheel…

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Light’s Windows And Rooms : Cyanotype/Leaded Window

•January 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Light’s Windows And Rooms : Cyanotype/Leaded Window

Tracing Light : Petworth House, West Sussex 2000
David Alan Mellor, Garry Fabian Miller.

Light And The Genius Loci
For Derrida, the sun not only marks the beginning of metaphoricity but it is also an inescapable reminder of the solar system and oscillations, hidings and occultrations, inherent in ‘a certain history of the relationships; earth/sun in the system of perception’.

Mutations Of Light
Petworth Window, 6 July 1999

Light’s Windows And Rooms
Passing towards the Invisible.
The prospect of some metaphysical realm beyond the blue end of the spectrum and beyond material things illuminated to carnal sight, was a recurrent  theme in William Henry Fox Talbot’s early speculations.


Sight Unseen
Picturing The Universe
Corey Keller
Invisible objects, penciled by nature’s own hand.
In his introduction to the exhibition catalogue Iconoclash: Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion, and Art, the historian of science Bruno Latour argues that scientific pictures are powerfully affective because they more than mere images; they are, as he puts it, the ‘world itself’.

The Social
Photographic Eye
Jennifer Tucker
Nineteenth century science was characterized by both the appeal to visual evidence and the need for confirmation by the testimony of eyewitnesses. The latter explains why scientists pursued public viewings of their photographs by means of illustrated slide lectures, exhibitions, and reproduction in newspapers and magazines.
An understanding of the social boundaries of nineteenth century science helps make sense of a certain paradox within contemporary attitudes towards photography of the invisible. The ideal of mechanical objectivity in documenting visual knowledge demanded the elimination of the artist-observer and all of the subjectivity implicit in drawing by hand.

Invisible Worlds
Visible Media
Tom Gunning
William Henry Fox Talbot, Slice of horse chestnut, seen through the solar microscope, 1840, salt print 18.6×22.5 cm.

Techniques Of The Observer
On Vision And Modernity In The Nineteenth Century
Jonathan Crary
The Camera Obscura and its Subject
Above all it indicates the appearance of a new model of subjectivity, the hegemony of a new subject-effect. First of all the camera obscura performs an operation of individuation; that is, it necessarily defines an observer as isolated, enclosed, and autonomous within its dark confines. It impels a kind of askesis, or withdrawal from the world, in order to regulate and purify one’s relation to the manifold contents of the now ‘exterior’ world.

By The Light Of The Fertile Observer
Metaphors of illumination in the photography of Christopher Bucklow, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller, and Adam Fuss.
An Epiphany Of Light
David Alan Mellor


Relationscapes : Open Systems/Speculative,Dynamic, Creative. An assemblage/energy of images,collage, drawing and texts and other disparate elements.

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Working Towards a Secular Retreat in the Landscape

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Working Towards a Secular Retreat in the Landscape

The ‘exigencies’ of the situation at hand.
Tim Ingold, MAKING.

Spatial Intelligence
New Futures for Architecture
Leon van Schaik
Spatial intelligence builds our mental space.

Sensing Spaces
Architecture Reimagined

Oak-Framed Buildings
Rupert Newman

Heidegger for Architects
Adam Sharr

Tim Ingold
Touching objects, feeling materials
The Cathedral and the Laboratory

A Hut of One’s Own
Anne Cline

Solar Pavilion
Alison and Peter Smithson
Architecture is not made with the brain
The Parallel of Art and Life
Aesthetics about Perception
Poetics about Production

My studio is a piece of architecture that is silent.
Speculative Architecture
On The Aesthetics of Herzog & De Meuron
Robert Kudieka

The Thinking Hand
Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture
Juhani Pallasmaa

The Architecture of Natural Light
Henry Plummer

Peter Zumthor
Hortus Conclusus
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

The Potentials of Spaces
The Theory and Practice of Scenography and Performance
Alison Oddey, Christine White

See Yourself Sensing
Redefining Human Perception
Madeline Schwartzman

Collage and Architecture
Jennifer A. E. Shields

Assembling Contemporary Art
Sally O’Reilly


Relationscapes : Open Systems/Speculative,Dynamic, Creative. An assemblage/energy of images,collage, drawing and texts and other disparate elements.

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Transactive Memory : INFORMATION/MOVEMENT differentiated/integrated

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Transactive Memory : INFORMATION/MOVEMENT differentiated/integrated

Research Outpost Norwich #1

Transactive Memory
Systems Virtual Teams
The Body
Minds and Metaphors

The Mind In The Cave
David Lewis-Williams

The Matter of The World
Minds and metaphors
Cathedrals of Intelligence
The ‘Looking mind’

Information Processing and Performance in Traditional and Virtual Teams
The Role of Transactive Memory
Terri Griffith, Margaret A. Neale

Acquisition/Sharing of Implicit and Explicit Information

Organisations increasingly rely on teams to do much of the work traditionally accomplished by individuals.
Successful groups are those who are able to create synergies in the form of information aggregation and innovation that is beyond the ability of any single member.

Nascent Knowledge
Information Diversity
Task Conflict

The knowledge and perspectives of group members from the same social networks may be more redundant than diversified. However a total diversity among work group members is not desirable; some ‘redundancy’ (agreement in perspective) among group members is necessary to ensure enough common ground to facilitate successful group interaction.

Transactive Memory : Knowing and Accessing What We Know

For teams to have synergy they must be able to access their information, it is important to know who does what.
Wegner 1987; 1995)

Synchronous/ Asynchronous

Transactive Memory : A Contemporary Analysis of the Group Mind
Daniel M. Wegner

The study of transactive memory is concerned with the prediction of group (and individual) behaviour through an understanding of the manner in which groups process and structure information.

Individual Memory
Information is entered into memory at the encoding  stage, it resides in memory during a storage stage, and is bought back during the retrieval stage.

Organisation : differentiated/integrated

Dick McCaw

Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was a pioneer in dance and movement, who found a extraordinary range of application for his ideas; from industry to drama, education to therapy. Laban believed that you can understand about human beings by observing how they move, and devised two complimentary methods of notating the shape and quality of movements.

Diagram : Three Planes of Movement from Choreography
Inner and Outer Tension : Inner and Outer Form

CHOREUTICS : Principles of Dynamic Space and Movement

Choreutics presents the grammar and syntax of spatial form in movement and the nature of movement’s harmonic content.

Exertion of Power, Physical or/and Mental


SPACE Flexible/Direct
WEIGHT Light/Strong
TIME Sustained/Quick
FLOW Free/Bound

Shadow Moves
An acute observer of Shadow Movement of a person in different situations and at different times will show the consistency of that individual’s basic attitude and personality.

Effort and Recovery
Movement Psychology


Relationscapes : Open Systems/Speculative,Dynamic, Creative. An assemblage/energy of images,collage, drawing and texts and other disparate elements.

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ANTHROPOLOGY : Urban Materiality/Movement

•January 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

ANTHROPOLOGY : Urban Materiality/Movement

Research Outpost Norwich #2

Movement, Art, Philosophy
Erin Manning

Prelude : What moves as a body returns as a movement of thought

Something in the world forces us to think. This something is not an object of recognition, but a fundamental encounter.
Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition

Christoper Tilley, Kate Cameron-Daum

From our perspective in this book representations of landscape, textual or pictorial, are of secondary significance and we should treat them as such; they are selective and partial, and often highly ideological, ways of seeing and knowing.
It forms a material medium in which we dwell and move and think.
Redirecting the study of landscape from representation to the materially grounded messiness of everyday life and the minutiae of material practices that constitute it.
Landscapes are contested, untidy and messy, tensioned, always in the making. Our landscapes of modernity are frequently on the move and peopled by diasporas and migrants of identity, people making homes in new places.

Field Observations
Spatial relations within the landscape are complex.
The manner in which persons and their bodies cannot be understood apart from the landscapes of which they are a part, reciprocally involved in forms of movement, action, awareness and social memory.
Embodied Identities
Art in and from the landscape
Fragile Environments : Nature and Culture

On Ways of Walking and Making Art
A personal reflection
M Collier
Making art is a practical application of phenomenology
Engaging  with an embodied experience of space and depth (what Merleau-Ponty called the ‘flesh of the world’).

Journeys Around An Exhibition
Landscape and Memory

Essays and Illuminations
Edited by Jon Cook


Relationscapes : Open Systems/Speculative,Dynamic, Creative. An assemblage/energy of images,collage, drawing and texts and other disparate elements.

Source: ANTHROPOLOGY : Urban Materiality/Movement

Body Politics : Drawing Geographies

•January 12, 2018 • 1 Comment

Body Politics : Drawing Geographies

Figure/Foreground : Drawing/Sensing

In drawing the moments of choice have been kept visible.
John Berger, Berger On Drawing.

A drawing is essentially a private work, related only to the artists own needs.
The Drawn Line-A Recession-A Past Statement Brought Forward

The Body of Drawing
Drawings by Sculptors
South Bank

Drawing registers the transforming effects of the imagination and the memory.
Drawings are images of flux; flux both imaginative and physical.

Drawing is a verb.
There is no way to make a drawing-there is only drawing.
Richard Serra

The Drawing Book
Tania Kovats
Drawing is something where you have  a really direct-immediate relationship with the material. You make a mark, and then you make another mark in relation to that mark.
Kiki Smith
The Body
Rodin’s lines dont just represent carnality; they are themselves carnal, invasive, sexy. Uninterrupted by the space between the material and the body; the line made by the drawing hand stands in for other haptic things. The body is where drawing begins and where it ends.

Looking at images does not lead us to the truth, it leads us into temptation.
Marlene Dumas

Sexuality and Space
Beatrice Colomina

Drawing and Random Interference
From Chaos To Order And Back Again
Sally O’Reilly

Quantum Chance
Janna Levin

AFTERIMAGE : Drawing Through Process
Cornelia H. Butler

Fiona Banner
Life Drawing
Performance Nude

Marking Time
Examining Life Drawing as Methexis
Margaret Mayhew

Rather than regarding life-drawing as an event of realism, it may be more productive to
explore it as an assemblage of events, a field of practices, or as a cluster of performances.


Relationscapes : Open Systems/Speculative,Dynamic, Creative. An assemblage/energy of images,collage, drawing and texts and other disparate elements.

Source: Body Politics : Drawing Geographies

Russell Moreton : Reading Rooms/Spatial Practices (Inductive Borders and Edges)

•January 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Source: Russell Moreton : Reading Rooms/Spatial Practices (Inductive Borders and Edges)

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