Why produce images? What guides the process of presentation? One can say it’s the eye moving with detached coolness through the environments it traverses, but that would be to place too great an emphasis on the idea of the eye as an instrument of will. What determines the environment that this heroic eye engages with? Duty, whim, boredom, the fiction of a mission grounded in a half-baked idea… Clear eye, calm mind, the desire to transform passive acceptance through the exercise of choice… The imposition of a programme.
We move away from reality the moment we attempt to describe what we’re doing. We blunder around until we arrive at the idea of a therapeutic foundation underlying our gestures in the world. We don’t limit ourselves to the in the moment clarity of what’s going on. It’s predetermined intention encountering those elements of the moment that seem right and fitting for all manner of reasons invented after the fact.
Yeah, mate, I just go out and do it, and I do it so often that I seem to know what I’m doing, and this supposition eventually takes on the properties of certainty, so that I know I’m on the right track. It’s a form of experimental engagement with myself that grants me possession of the world. It’s my world, and I show it to you, and your reaction lets me know that it exists.