What distinguishes a natural object (stone, wood) from an artefact (carved cup)?
In the artefact, was a form from the mind onto the 'shapeless' material. It is considered the material shape of the thought. Once the material has taken on the intention, then you say its finished. Anything beyond, is subjected to 'use' - hylomorphism.
The mental work, comes before its application and practice. Theory leads, practice follows. Making takes place in the interval between the starting point and the finishing point. At the end, holding the complete artefact.
Witnessing 'creativity' needs to thus move backwards from form back to concept. A backwards moving space. It thus demands something always new.
However the trouble with this view, is that it leaves out the creativity of the very processes of this view. They leave out the generated creativity in the unfolding.
Paul Klee, form is death.
Creativity needs to be read forward and not backward.
We need to join with the material and movements as they feel their way forward in time. Improvisation and finding one's way. To think through making. Nothing is thus every finished. Every artefact is a way station to something else.
Every thought is thus also a passing moment.
We can no longer regard making as the 'projection' of thought on material. Making is a weaving, where every knot binds together lot's of different materials and thoughts.
The artefact is a knot, that momentarily binds together, however it is not a bound up structure. It is open and tangled with other knots, or other structures. It is to think of it as the histories of material that make it up. It is a surface not to contain, however as a place of interchange, the solid wood and the quality of air, coming together.
Materials are what happens when you work with them. It is not understanding the fundamental patterns like in natural science. The craftsperson wants to understand them in what they do through an external force being applied to them.
A craftsman does not impose ideas on matter, but rather works along with, it is co-dependent.
What kind of knowledge is made in the thinking through making method?
Natural science comes up with ideas, turns them into a hypothesis and confirms them into conjecture and refutation. This procedure, places the knower outside of the world that he or she seeks to know. We close up understanding and cut knowing off from the immediacy from our own everyday lives. The more knowledgable we become the less we pay attention to our immediate world around us. If we think we know then what reason do we have to ask?
Thinking through making, puts this relationship in reverse. Knowledge is not created through minds furnished through concepts and then translated into material.
Thinking through making does not wrap up the material world from the outside. It however grows from the inside, it is co-dependant.
We need knowledge to grow from the inside, so it becomes a part of us.
Art does not render the knowledge back, but rather moves forward in real time, along with those who encounter it move forward with the work.
Far from answering and mapping, a work of art joins with with the audience. It enables us to better receive the world and join with it. In co-respondence.
This is not 'join up thinking' because in a world where everything is joined and connected into a grand network. It leaves no room to do anything, we should have lots of loose ends where strings end up in all sorts of directions.
The world is not a network, it is a meshwork, where no line has a beginning or an end, comprised up of our lives and those of others and materials. To think through making is to participate in the mesh of weave-work.
Black Silence, so tightly packed that nothing can move. Arctic ice, great concentration. Sound arrives when the tectonic shift and pings come from the ice itself. Like a solid knot.
White Silence, is the empty exo-skelotal sound of objects. It is the silence of perfectly joined propositions. It is where everything is connected rigidly through a network. Like projected on a screen.
Ponty: What does it feel like to lie on the ground and see the sky. Is the sky separated from its light? The sky is not seperate to the eye, but it is also not a pseudo reality. I am the sky - Ponty and the sky is its light.
For Ponty light is experience, it is the affective and the cosmic domain seem to merge together. There's an explosion and light is given off in the collision, a spark of experience. The force of that explosion blows us apart so that we find that we are one in the same both inside our bodies and roaming the universe at the same time.
The bringing together of the two and at the same time blowing us apart.
We discover, that out there in the heavens is also inside our own eyes.
Transducer: A material that converts the ductus (movement) to the line. Chalk. The kinetic gesture converts it into line.