Preface / Vorwort:
Art as Ethics – Arti-fact is Not a Botschaft:
Art might be in a dilemma between the digital world and being of art as Botschaft today, therefore the dilemma of contemporary society through art is the focus of my Ph.D. Kunst-Forschung, which is a contemplation (Reflexion) on the creativity of today's art thoughtfully. This follows Kant's idea in which he juxtaposes Phänomena and Ding an sich (transzendentales Selbstbewusstsein) in opposition. Kant predicates a perception itself (Wahrnehmung selbst) as phenomenon (Phänomen) that would be (spiritual) appearance / (geistige) Erscheinung through the unity of the experience (Erlebnis) or an event (Ereignis) in the abstract sense, which would become a purely intellectual realization. This sense of Kant's phenomenon (Phänomena) and thing-in-itself (Ding an sich) in Zen-Buddhism is Satori (悟り), that the wisdom of knowledge as an intellectual conception (self-awareness) / intellektuelle Vorstellung (Selbstbewusstsein) through life in nature (geistige Anschauung), however, without the idea of transzendentale Objekt (transcendental object) in Zen-Buddhism.
In the research, I contrast the idea of Satori (悟り) of Zen Buddhism and Kant's idea of Thing-in-itself as a debate philosophically, and I gradually explicate through the research process (exploration in practice and theory) methodically, for example, a logic of language in a Japanese poem (Waka 和歌) "山のはにほのめくよひの月影に光もうすくとぶ蛍かな (yamanohani honomekuyo(h)ino tsukikageni hikarimousuku tobuhotarukana)" – 題しらず (Ohne Titel) by Dogen-Zenji 道元禅師 as a starting point. An important research topic to explore is therefore "objectivity and subjectivity" as the aesthetics of existence between European and Asian cognition (Erkenntnis), particularly in contemporary cognition (Erkenntnis) from the perspective of neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, which is in terms of the aesthetics of existence.
The Research Background and the Philosophy of Information:
Today's high technology tries as much as possible to develop for speedy and high quality system. In doing so, the scientists have been eminently exploring the best way of development in computer science together with systems engineering. However, these explorations are still transdisciplinary in computer science. My research position in this point of view is from the arts and humanities; how we can have "co-existence" with the technology in the current environment on Earth biologically. An important question here is what human creativity and its ability is.
For this question, in my artistic research on somatization of being in the philosophy of information, particularly the ontological problem which is explainable by means of simple formalism, is addressed in semi-formalism. This is an account of Nanay, so this question will be explored within the research method of the contemporary space strategy. Furthermore, it will be connected with today's society in the research social contextual subject, in which exploring is a (neo-) representational contemporary space strategy.
The Research Context, Research Question, and Objectives:
The research context consists of two fields of fine arts. One is visual logic – from twofoldness to threefoldness for multi-foldness in the visual arts – and the other is auditory perception 'seeing-in' in music. On that account, the important topics are an account of Bence Nanay's "semi-formalism" in his theses, which refer, for example, to the intention of the artist, the social context and some features of representation, and the "auditory and multi-sensory perception" approach in the theses of Casey O'Callaghan, who assumes forms of perception and awareness among senses beyond vision (auditory and multisensory perception). Thus I explore the basic concepts of human life that apply to the contemporary spatial strategy with respect to the philosophy of information in artistic research both in terms of aesthetics and critical theory. Therefore two research questions address the topic of objectivity and subjectivity that are for aesthetic experience in an environment. One is with regard to the research context and the second one is in respect of the objectives.
It seems in our life that there might be increased enthusiasm for the digital world, but at the same time it is a disenchantment of the world-reality. Nevertheless, the objectives in the research are for undermining creativity (Schöpfungskraft) and its cultural diversity, which consists of sustainable life from the biological aspect that wings hope. With regard to the objectives, two research questions add tension to the research.
The Research Method and Relevant Artists:
There are three main layers in the research method: i) Visual logic, ii) Auditory perception, iii) Contemporary space strategy – through the practical and theoretical exploring that is premised on theses in the research context. Each layer has artistic research on each topic in which there is a connection with the academic or scientific theories. Their research fields are aesthetics, philosophy, neuroscience, and evolutionary linguistics. Therefore also relevant artists are an important tension in the research, for instance their theme, leitmotif, and their subject. Furthermore, how they deal with them in their artwork (in medium and with material), which is philosophical and non-conventional.
The complete research focuses on the contemplation for ethics from the perspective of arts and humanities, namely on the subject of human creativity and its ability as a possibility of life through arts.
1. *道元禅師 Dogen Zenji (1200–1253), Eihei-ji (永平寺) / 曹洞宗 souto-shu, Author of 正法眼蔵 shobo genzo, the first contemplation on Japanese Zen-Buddhism in Japanese (和字 wa ji - 片仮名 Katakana and 平仮名 Hiragana) from Heian-Epoch, original Zen-Buddhism from China Bosatsu Daruma 菩薩達磨 (达摩, बोधिधर्म, bodhidharma).