PRIMALISM UPDATED (last edited: 2017)

Christopher Hollins

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Primalism would be a way of looking at any object or event to remove the established ideas we use to recognise what we see. The aim of the Primalist Artist would be to reveal that art objects can be used to generate recall of what remains of an inherent 'animal' sensation that is suppressed in our minds by the learned ideas we use to categorize and classify what we see To achieve this view, art objects would have to be made to direct our responses to an inherent way of sensing that stems from our old powers of instinct. This is a directly opposed view to the educated definition of art – that looks to the production of works of higher learning. Primalist Art would hold no intellectual meaning or content, and it would have to be defined by an ability to disrupt our learned view of the world. Primalism is the result of a direct biological response from our minds to how we conceive of objects and events when deprived of all learned ideas, and the Primalist view is that our higher thought processes have evolved to stop a natural way of sensing in our day-to-day powers of observation.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsprimal sensations, uncertainty, not knowing, instinct, intuition, visual art, unlearned insight, natural state of mind
last modified15/09/2017
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