“What is the status of the body[?]” (Carluccio 1)
Where are we in regards to creativity? If we are the creators, how then are we simultaneously being created or entwined within the process? Is it our awareness that makes something artful and showing of intent?
As a creator, I know its not merely about what we make, but how we make it. In any process of life, being present with what is happening, seems to me, makes the difference from ordinary to artful. Being present is what makes creation an intimate action as opposed to just a motion.
Watching everyone present their Blue Rabbit projects last week was really interesting. I found myself wondering at what stage (and sometimes getting answers) they were most intimate with their creations. Some with the conceptualization, where our thoughts and planning flourish in abstraction, and perhaps for some, this is where they feel most able to touch their object. Some designed though programs and formulae, which seemed to me, be the pinnacle of their attachment and experience. Others intimacy came from constructing the physically printed pieces, holding them and experiencing their visceral design as they fit the pieces into one other. I feel that thinking about our quarter through this lens adds an element of poesy, since it shows only in what we create, whether that be speech or object, something immeasurable and yet undeniably beautiful.
“If we accept that mind and matter achieve a codependency through the medium of bodily action, then it follows that ideas and attitudes, rather than occupying a separate domain from the material, actually find themselves inscribed ‘in’ the object.” (Malafouris 34)
“Do the words fail the concepts?” (Fisher 1)
I kept Graham’s quote because it is an alternative answer to Breanne’s question. I really love this approach because it diminishes our greatest creation (language) as something not able to grasp what really is going on around us. So, in attempting to answer what the status of the body is, we by default, come no closer to answering. In fact, we may, by using language as an abstraction, get farther away from any answer. But is there really even an answer then?