Nothing ‘is’ Immediate

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I am interested in the notion of Nothing, and what nothing is? I imagine that when I look into darkness or pure black, the absence of light is the boundary of the universe, creating a memory of what it was like before Being.

I explore this within my art practice, using mirrors to create the illusion of infinite Being and Black 2.0 paint to add the presence of Nothing.

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By using 20 mirrors on the inside faces of an Icosahedron sculpture, the  multiple reflective light creates the illusion of infinity. Yet, reflecting back on themselves they eventually become Nothing.

When I created a sculpture titled The Cube, I painted the inside with Black 2.0 paint, so it would a) create a dark Earthy calm space, that people could enter for meditation b) so it would absorb reflective sun and moonlight into the physical body of the sculpture and activate its distinct and potential spiritual essence. To create the intention and witness the process I performed what I term a metaphysical act from within The Cube; consisting of drilling holes through the wooden sides with a 5/8 drill bit and brace creating sacred geometrical patterns. This took place on a Bronze Age barrow on the top of Old Winchester hill, Hampshire, under a full-moon. The research behind this act was to experience the act of letting moon-light enter the black space, to feel if it could bring with it another conscious sense of Being. What I experienced was a connection with The Cube and the moon, which felt outside of time and space.

In his book Science of Logic Hegel describes the notion of Being as the indeterminate immediate, free in relation to essence and equal only to itself. This reflectionless being is being as it is in fact nothing, and neither more nor less than nothing.

The Cube under full-moon on Old Winchester Hill

Nothing is simply equality with itself, complete emptiness, absence of all determination and content. In so far as intuiting or thinking can be mentioned here, it counts as a distinction whether something or nothing is intuited or thought.

To intuit or think nothing has, therefore, a meaning; both are distinguished and thus nothing is (exists) in our intuiting or thinking; or rather it is empty intuition and thought itself, and the same empty intuition or thought as being.

Nothing is therefore, the same determination, or rather absence of determination, and thus altogether the same as, pure being.

Being and Nothing are distinct yet inseparable, passing over each other so that each immediately vanishes onto its opposite. Their truth is therefore becoming a difference which has equally immediately resolved itself.

This triadic development can be summarised as: Being + Nothing = Becoming

 

The title of this post Nothing is Immediate and the title of new work I am producing can be broken down into Nothing and Being are the same and equate to Becoming. Jean-Paul Sartre contends that nothingness relates to free consciousness and spontaneity. The ‘is’ relates to the limit and Immediate is now, the present now in space, time and geography.

Therefore, the translation is Free consciousness and spontaneity happens in the present moment, it is limited to now.

For me this relates to being an artist, to break the limit, to be free in the moment and find an authentic existence in the now.

Spearman Premier at Kartong Festival

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After a full week of preparation it was the day that we present Spearman at the Kartong International Festival 2017. When we arrived at the festival site we were informed that there was no electricity. We could only put our faith in a higher source and hope that things would work out, and with just one hour to go the electricity returned, with a flood of festival spotlights as the evening drew in.

The energy of Kouma Kan performing was lifted by the euphoric reaction from the audience as they chanted Spearman. It was truly an homecoming for him. The response we received after was of amazement and wonder, as in the photos the camera flash depicts the grey of the projection screen, however on the actual night in darkness you could only make out a life-size image of Spearman performing.

We were extremely relieved and proud to successfully deliver the project, after the challenges of the last few weeks. We are both extremely grateful for the opportunity to expand our international portfolio and now looking forward to planning for a presentation of Spearman in England.

Searching for Spearman

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We have just returned from künzelsau, Germany, where we recorded Spearman performing the traditional West African costume. It was an emotional journey and reunion with Spearman. Our flight took us to Stuttgart, where we hired a car to drive to künzelsau. We met Spearman late in the evening of arrival at an address on würzburger straße künzelsau. It was an accommodation of flats where refugees were housed, and there was a security kiosk outside with a very unfriendly and suspicious guard. We took spear for a coffee and he explained that the accommodation was full of many West African's, often sleeping about 17 to a room. We discussed the plans for filming and Spearman explained the location he recommended, so we agreed to met him the following day.

The next day we met at the Christengemeinde Arche (Church), which ran a drop in centre for refugees. It was a place that had helped Spearman and he was now reciprocating their charity by volunteering support for less fortunate refugees.

We were offered a private room and we commenced with the filming of Spearman. Myself and Spearman were so grateful to reconnect through the language of the Djembe (drum), he had missed the brotherhood to our group Kouma Kan and the music was a connection too his home village of Kartong.