Having made the point that we can only know the other person through the order of the symbolic, that is to say within practices of language, it is important to stress that for Lacan the symbolic order, the Other, is always lacking. When we enter the symbolic we lose something of our being, something of our pre-symbolic existence. Language can never quite capture what we want to express.
Art in Education: Identity and Practice, Dennis Atkinson (2002), p117, my emphasis.
According to Saussure, meaning is possible…because of the difference between linguistic signifiers which can be combined in the process of signification to form meaning. Derrida drew on this idea but also combined it with the idea of deferral, that is to say, with the idea that meaning is never final.
Art in Education: Identity and Practice Dennis Atkinson (2002), p44, my italics.
…darstellung refers to presentation in the sense that an art work does not reproduce a prior reality but instead it brings into being a reality, a world of meaning in the interpretational moment.
Art in Education: Identity and Practice, Dennis Atkinson (2002) p83
(Discussing Gadamer’s distinction between vorstellung and darstellung)
“…this circle refers to the confirmation of experience through the interpretations which we construct in respect of it.”
Art in Education: Identity and Practice, Dennis Atkinson (2002)
“Once into the sea, the ship rides the currents of the ocean, which also help set the course. In the process of working with the material, the work itself secures its own voice and helps set the direction. The maker is guided and, in fact, at times surrenders to the demands of the emerging forms.”
The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Elliott W. Eisner (2002)
The medium is not simply an agency through which thoughts and emotions pass. It is a major participant in the process of expression and as Marshall McLuhan suggested, it may even be the alpha and omega of the message.
Shaun McNiff, Art-based Research (1998) p70
In keeping with the nature of creative experience, art-based research may sometimes encourage immersion in the uncertainties of experience, ‘finding’ a personally fulfilling path of inquiry, and the emergence of understanding through an often unpredictable process of exploration.
Art-Based Research, Shaun McNiff (1998) p15
Title – ibid. p17
The world of our experience is, indeed, continually and endlessly coming into being around us as we weave. If it has a surface, it is like the surface of a basket: it has no ‘inside’ or ‘outside’. Mind is not above, nor nature below; rather, if we ask where mind is, it is in the weave of the surface itself.
The Perception of the Environment: Essays in livelihood, dwelling and skill, Tim Ingold, 2000
Continuing my creative partnership with Mary…
I recalled C. G. Jung describing how the bird flies away when we explain an image. The generative powers of a creative expression need to be fed with a corresponding consciousness which appreciates and keeps their mysteries.
Art-Based Research, McNiff (1998) p 28