Art and the conscious mind, 17th Jan

In our first session of art and the conscious mind we talked about how conscious our minds are and when did we start to become conscious of our being and own thoughts. We also touched upon, do other beings such as animals; plants and various other things have a conscious mind?

We looked at the painting of cupid and Psych made by Antony Van Dyke in 1640,


When we first look at this painting we see the figures first and notice the state in which they are, Psych is led down asleep/unconcousious and cupid is then looking at her and reaching out to touch her, but we fail to notice the trees in the background and the way that they portray the life of the figures in front. We fail to realise this, as we are more conscious about seeing what’s going on in the foreground.

We looked at questions such as, what is a conscious mind? Why would we have conscious minds?

After looking at these questions we looked at some philosophers and theorists and their ideas as to why we may have a conscious mind, some of them philosophers are;

William James, 1890, p 130

Freud, 1976, p 776

Daniels Dennett 1991 p431

Roger Penrose 1989 p531

They are just a few amongst others, the theory that stood out most to me was the one done by Dennett, I liked this as it was close to the way I thought I about a conscious mind.

We then looked at visual indeterminacy and looked at things that confused our minds and vision expectation, your mind tries and fills in the blanks of what you’re trying to see, you see something but you’re unsure of what you’re seeing and if what you’re seeing is being filled in by your conscious mind.

We looked at Picassos work still life with lemon 1910 and tried to make out the glass, lemon, bowl of fruit and key, just looking at the picture without the aids allowed me to see only the key but looking at the picture with the aids allowed me to see all the objects that were painting within this picture.

I like what Gerhard Richter said about his own work

The world we perceive is essentially formless and objectless, it is indeterminate.

Like when we look at atoms they’re essentially empty to only hold a nucleus which then essentially holds nothing and so on, so then we can say that were made up of nothing, we are nothing.

Consciousness brings the world into being for us, therefore making it a reality.


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