Chaos, Complexity, and the Visual Arts

PowerPoint talks with commentary

"In short, our understanding is our mode of 'being in the world.' It is the way we are meaningfully situated in our world through our bodily interactions, our cultural institutions, our linguistic community, and our historical context. Our more abstract reflective acts of understanding ... are simply extensions of our understanding in this more basic sense of 'having a world.'"

 

- Mark Johnson-

 

The Body in the Mind

"It is one of the most remarkable achievements of thought, of self-scrutiny, that the most anxiety-prone animal of all could come to see through himself and discover the fictional nature of his action world."

- Ernest Becker -

 

The Fragile Fiction

"Our destiny is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges."

                  - Jorge Luis Borges -

                        Borges and I