Sunday, October 02, 2005

Philosophical questions and perceptions in art; contribute a question

You are hereby invited to submit your favorite philosophical questions to be used - with due credit - in an art project. Painter Tony Reans and I are working on an exhibit that will display a variety of his color field paintings (think eye exam: dots of color from which emerges a pattern which is seen in dots of a contrasting color) to which have been added epigrammatic questions.

Sharing the space will be a sonic score of my design. Part of this soundscape will be your voice. There will be recordings of you - some of you - asking questions. Questions that reflect your cosmic interests and long-held curiosities and philosophical moments.

For instance, one of mine is, Why are humans hardwired for envy? How is it that some people leap over this hurdle?

One from Tony: How can you have all the answers if you haven't asked all the questions?

Please post your question in the Comments section or email it to me at trudeau@earthlink.net. Aware that many of you are probably going to feel like posting something satirical, I must say it's OK. Like "Where are my Birkenstocks, asked Socrates." Behind every such lighthearted jab lies a surgeon yearning to help the ill.

1 comment:

Noma said...

1. Jung suggested "a universality of symbols." What role do think that plays in the importance of art?

2. Evidence suggests that prehistoric man was unable to see the color blue even though it surrounded him in natural form. If this suggests that the spectrum may change according to evolutionary advancements, how do you think that will enter into the viewing of historically important pieces, some of which have not even been created yet?

3. All great civilizations before ours (if ours is great) have been remembered by the art they left behind. Do you think this will be true of ours?