The Gaze

With abstract art, a coherent, rational, visual universal order is disrupted to leave fragments or shards of material. The totalising gaze of the subject is cast adrift. Instead, something else needs to happen. Art, just as the stranger, demands an ethical response. In his mature work, Emmanuel Levinas concluded that art becomes that which cannotContinue reading “The Gaze”


Consciousness is infinite, it is continually unbound. There are no edges, no limits, no prescribed patterns or paths. Lariat throws, droplets sinking. Being-for-itself, consciousness has no predetermined essence. It has to invent for itself, ever expanding, constantly flowing. In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre’s subject of enquiry started to shift and peel away from phenomenology,Continue reading “Consciousness”


Other people aren’t conjured from my imagination. They have a presence beyond fact or fancy. Just because ontology and phenomenology have their limits, It doesn’t then become a question of metaphysics or mysticism. Rather, otherness is the ethics of acceptance. In a nutshell, the problem of intersubjectivity is how can I really know that youContinue reading “Otherness”


Cut the mooring ropes that bind you to the misery of cynical existence. Drift into the wonderment of engaging, participation and living. Cast aside regrets, desires, insecurities and presumptions. When spectating or attending a festival, be outside yourself. Allow the possibility to be wholly with something else. Something very important happens when we allow theContinue reading “Self-forgetting”


Tenderness is the welcome that waits. Passive, but also active. Humble, but never servile. Always in the present, always selfless. Tenderness gives a direct and instant connection. For Silvia Benso, attention “becomes an essential component of the human side of the ethics of things.”[1] For her, attention is rooted in ad-tending, the moving toward; the concentratingContinue reading “Tenderness”


We own our prejudices, but they don’t have to own us. If understood, they can be challenged and overcome. Their baying judgements can be stemmed and quietened. Prejudices don’t have to stride impulsively through our thoughts. How many of us, though, have such self-control? Within Truth and Method, Hans-Georg Gadamer questioned the self-assumed sufficiency andContinue reading “Prejudices”


Respect doesn’t wear mirrored sunglasses. Respect doesn’t opt for role-playing detachment. Respect doesn’t punish because it can. Respect doesn’t abuse, accuse or allege. Respect doesn’t start with fear, hatred or suspicion. The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted from 14th – 20th of August 1971. It was supposed to have a longer duration, but it had to beContinue reading “Respect”