of the Performance at the private view on 21st of April 2007 in St. Ives
at the Mariners Gallery for the Newlyn Society of Artists. Hosted by
the St. Ives Soiciety of Artists in Norway Square.
from the premise that we live in a natural world, our standpoint is in
the first instance one of being ‘simply human’.
terms, we all possess the natural senses in equal measure. However it
was Edmund Husserl who carried this argument further
into transcendental phenomenology, that is, the science and philosophy
where the experiential is recognised as an artistic vision, and also
an extra perception in thinking. A consciousness of thought and experience
to its intentionality and practice.
this perceptual field is one we all aspire to. To this effect Husserl
introduced the idea of the ‘brackets’ in
order to bracket the natural world away from this particular other
world where vision is paramount
and commands the process of thought and thinking.
The performance begins with a dance. In this dance across the gallery
a book is thrust high and low through the audience from the gallery
the stage area. The book is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.
The music to
the dance is Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Danse de la Fureur’ – (dance
stage a speech was given, (see left), quoting Rene Descartes’s
think, therefore I am’, but adding ‘critically human’.
Then to proceed on the nature of perception as it related to the
natural world in
which we all existed, and this was contrasted with the world of
transcendental perception that we all desired. A real danger was
in this natural world, powers beyond our control were raping the
harm to our cultural expectations. In particular we were being
forced to live politically in one world whilst attempting to exist
thinking and images disclose the magic and mystery of life.
video projection ventured into exploring the idea of discarding intellectual
knowledge and replacing it with the idea of Husserl’s
brackets. Then the performers actually replaced knowledge, put
it back on the table, and
synchronised with the metaphor of brackets.
Conceptual ideas are really necessary to our understanding of what it means
to live beyond the natural world. That is, to live outside the brackets from
a standpoint within the natural world we are all born into.
The performance emphasised the idea of being ‘critically human’ as
a state of being aware of what strength of mind we need if we
are to be in control of our thinking. Often a perilous position to be in,
to a way of seeing and thinking about things differently.
Turner & Jane Whitaker- 4/2007