Art and aesthetics are inseparable from life, they are intrinsic parts of it in fact, and art is a powerful expression of the many facets of the lifeworld and of experience. It has the power to change our lives.
SEA aims to address the question of aesthetics and art in the understanding of being human within the context of our prevailing separatist worldview in which art and aesthetics are segregated from education/work – the former trivialised as mere entertainment and spectacle, and the latter regarded as the important and serious business of life.
Art and Existence – David Cotterrell Studio Visit
June 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm £10 – £15
From 1905 to 1906 the poet Rainer Maria Rilke worked as sculptor’s Auguste Rodin’s studio assistant in order ‘to learn how to see’. What type of seeing was Rilke seeking to learn in the studio of Rodin?
Art is an intensified form of lived experience, just like human and sentient beings are intensified forms of life. Art has the power to open us up to a liminal space and time where conventional dichotomies of physical and mental, material and ideal, object and subject, other and self, nature and human, etc, dissolve, connecting us to the paradox of interconnectedness and to a relation to life based on care, significance and creativity.
Art, like phenomenology, is an activity of realisation capable of mobilising non-localised subjectivity. It can assist us in performing an imaginative leap beyond ourselves and reconnect to ‘the otherness that is us’, to the bigger picture to which we are always already partaking.
How we focus on something changes it. Art and phenomenology are creative practices that enhance our capacities to imagine, form and receive the world, that sensitise us to its Thou-ness and to the value and significance of all life.
David Cotterrell will show some of his recent works and discuss them in an open conversation.
David Cotterrell Studio
1 Borthwick Street
London, SE8 3GH