End Presentation : Art and Conscious of Mind

After all the intense but extremely informative lectures and workshops I have definitely gained a lot of new inspirations and ideas for my dissertation and subject.

I have never covered so many ideas about consciousness and our minds in this depth before, which was quite mind blowing at times.

I thought the workshops were very interesting and I found ideas that I want to continue to explore;

  • We see the  formless and our consciousness (mind) makes it up into forms. –> this really got me thinking when we were in Craig Thomas workshop and seeing his ideas on consciousness and his installation ‘Labyrinth’.

IMG_6286I realise I want to have an intention to make people feel the intention. I am interested in body and mind and how you can’t take both away from each other.

To challenge people with their perception through light movement and colours. To make people feel their body more.

I am very interested in Retrospectives and it is my key subject in my dissertation.

The work of James Turrell is a key for my inspiration. His art is amazing regarding the perception of light and environment.

James Turrell5                 James Turrell - After Green 2003

In his ‘After Green’ 2003 piece (right picture) you enter a dark room and your eyes slowly adjust to the environment and in this process of adaption phenomena will occur, you will start to see things that aren’t really there. Things that our eyes ie our mind produce. This is due to our brain needing to be entertained and therefore creates images in our minds. Things you will experience here in connection with yourself, with the infinity of a given space are completely unique. It’s like looking at an abstract art and our mind picking out shapes that are familiar to us. But in this case these examples are about object less art/spaces.

Turrell is able to able to place the viewer in a ‘theta’ or even ‘alpha’ state of altered conscious, something spiritual almost like meditation.

  • Multidimensional power of light and the complex and the instrument that is human being – light projected on the back of your neck and you’re able to feel a specific colour without it entering your eyes. Literally ‘seeing behind’.

I also started looking at the ‘Void’ and literal meaning of the word. ‘a completely empty space’. The void functions as a normative term, referring indirectly to something that should be be there but that isn’t. It’s like hidden imagery. Like looking at a painting’s x-ray and you can see another image underneath. But in this case when you come into the ‘void’ you will create your images, you are going to be challenged. So on the surface you won’t be able to see anything but as you emerge in the space and light your consciousness will receive different perceptions.

Void is nothing and yet it is something. 

‘The Voids’ – A Retrospective – Yves Klein ‘The Specialisation of Sensibility in the Raw material state of Stabilised Pictorial Sensibility’


  • Investigations on the monochrome and pure sensibility.
  • ‘Now I want to go beyond art, beyond sensibility, into life. I want to go into the void. ‘ – Yves Klein
  • To create ambiance of a pictorial climate that is real and for that reason even invisible.

Different perceptions of light that will travel through your nerve system and some may get lost on the way to your conscious making some unconsciousness ideas get lost. Colours do not exist in the real world , these colours are brain’s responses to the spectrum. A pre-reflective perception , no time to reflect just a perception of the space at that moment.

In my future work I want :

  • the interest of light and how it affects the viewer to be explored more.
  • I want light and colours to be my main subjects of projections, as Turrell said once ‘All descriptions of near death experiences, epiphany, etc. all things link to enlightenment. In the beginning there was light – it has a strong relationship with us humans.’
  • Perception psychology
  • Understanding colour
  • Create intention and make people feel the intentions.


Art and Conscious of Mind – Lecture 4

The Self Awareness of the conscious mind

lucas-cranach-the-elder-adam-and-eveLucas Cranach ‘Adam and Eve’ 1526

The painting depicts the particular moment after Eve has already eaten the apple. She is already able to reflect upon things in a different way than Adam, who is scratching his head wondering what is happening. We can see on Eve’s expression that she knows more than Adam at that moment. Only after eating the apple they become aware of their own bodies, their minds and their self. Before they lived not knowing of their own existence. After eating the apple they are able to see themselves as something that is distinct from the world and not part of it. they have their own mind and awareness. They become embarrassed of their bodies.


Everything to us is a continuous blissful state. Things don’t work the way we want them to , and we never have problems with the world. Everything has minds but we as humans can reflect on our own minds  and existence. Capacity we have that we know we exist and we know we have a mind.

We know Adam is puzzled and that Eve knows more than him because we can reflect our own minds into the situation.


What is the self that is aware of itself?

Descartes – ‘I THINK,  THEREFORE I AM’

If you are thinking at all you must be existing.

Logical problems with the self conscious

A camera can’t take a photograph of itself. You can’t turn the mind on itself. Hammer can’t hammer itself. 

Mallarme – Spent a year trying to work out his own thoughts. We are not use to think about the thing we think with.

Paradox of Introspection:

What we believe we are thinking can be different from what we are actually thinking. People do not realise their minds have wandered, or are not aware of mental responses that are given away by physiological behaviour.

Paradox of Self consciousness

Thoughts about ourselves presuppose the cognitive and linguistic capacity for self thought, If I think about myself, who is thinking?

Paradox of explanation

Can an object (like the mind) explain itself? We are limited to our own form and consciousness.

Infinite Regress:

Conceptual regress: Things go on forever and ever. eg infinite regress in mathematics 1.3333333 -> idea of 3 going on forever.

Physical regress: Physics sort itself out somewhere in the way. Grounded in solid physics of the world.


Self Awareness in Art:


Bartisch 1548, Man whose eyes have been turned inward. Possibility of something looking at itself. 



Johannes Gumpp 1646, Self Portrait – You don’t see the artist’s head but only the reflection and his painting. It’s referring to it’s own existence as a painting. Painting a painting. Conceptual development. It allows us to see 4/5 things at the same time.  A  bit like turning the camera on its own. Complex set of relations turning on itself. Someone is watching him over his shoulder and catching him in the act of painting.



Braque, Still life with violin 1909 – Refer to itself. The act of making it. You’re not looking at a still life, you’re looking at still life of a painting. It paints its own condition of painting.


Camera Feedback:


Camera ———— Monitor  (face a camera close to a monitor playing the camera image)

– Based purely on something looking at itself. 

-Feedback gives us complex physical organic process.



Art and Conscious of Mind – Lecture 3

The Unity and Rationality of the Conscious Mind

6160502943_00c0d60012Lichtenstein’s Rouen Cathedral SET V

-> Visually striking

-> Dizzy and Disorientated

‘Is your experience of seeing the painting unified or multiple?’

– If you believe you see dots and cathedral you are being irrational.-

Do you have one mind or many ??? Is your mind rational or irrational???

By seeing the dots and cathedral we are suggesting that our brain can move from one to another. But would that mean we have more than one brain? One seeing each thing, dots, other cathedral?

Decartes – ‘there is a vast difference between mind and body, in respect that body, from its nature, is always divisible, and that mind is entirely indivisible.’ Anything that is physical can be divided into smaller pieces. But you can’t chop your mind. It means its a unity and one experience.

The Binding Problem: Smell, see a colour, feel a shape..they happen at different times but are not connected to each other in the brain. Yet when we see a red square they seem to appear at a coherent time to us humans.

Dennett argues that we don’t have a unified mind. There is no place in the mind that everything comes together. Observing your own existence. Someone has to have the same mechanism in your head. Who’s looking at that one place? infinite_regress_of_homunculus The Rationality of the Conscious Mind

William James:‘normal waking, rational consciousness’ in contrast with other ‘entirely different’ forms consciousness of a mystical or religious kind. He experimented with substances to alter his consciousness.

Are we rational?

Kajneman + Tuersky 1979


We don’t behave in the same way. Pick one out of irrational reason. Irrational decision making. You are more anxious when you fly rather than when you drive even though there are more deaths in car accidents than in planes. No link between throws of a coin. Irrational to be believing what the result of a flipping coin could be.

The nature of UNITY and RATIONALITY

What do we mean by saying rationality and unity?

Definitions of UNITY:

1. The state or quality of being one, oneness (UNITY 1)

2. The act, state , or quality of forming a whole from separate parts (UNITY 2)


Rationality: We like to believe that we are rational beings living in rational universe.

NON- CONTRADICTION Aristotle says ‘ the same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject and in the same respect’such that ‘it is impossible for any one to believe the same thing to be and not be be.’

-Its impossible for something to be one thing and not be another.

-Something can’t be true and false at the same time.

-You cannot have contradictions.