I expect it will be hard going, to say the least.
We are also meant to provide a two to three thousand word essay summarising our research so far.
I've just tried to write out the guts of my argument as a series of points (the idea being that each will become several paragraphs).
It should give you a laugh.
It's called 'Perspective painting proves nothing exists':
- There is no intrinsic meaning in the world – neither god nor science.
- Individuals cannot construct meaning, because any such meaning would be fictional.
- No other meaning is possible.
- Therefore, the pursuit of any meaning to life is futile.
- The only way to live life free from illusions is to embrace its meaninglessness.
- However, the individual is embedded in society, a meaning-making machine.
- Social institutions + constructed meaning = social control.
- That leaves avant-garde art and crime.
- As Guy Debord recognised, art occupies a 'privileged position' within society – part of it on one hand, but separate on another.
- It is in this separate sphere that I choose to operate – within pictorial space.
- Consider perspective painting: not as the naturalistic illusionism decried by early modernists but simply as a method of dividing a painted surface to convey meaning – a meaning that says something profound about the way the individual relates to the world.
- The first step in constructing a perspective scheme is locating the viewer in relation to the space to be portrayed – this gives you the 'visual pyramid' from the viewer's eye to the corners of the picture surface, which is to be considered as a window on that space.
- That is, space is relative – an object's position in space is not absolute but relative to other objects from a given point of view.
- As Kant points out, this means that perception of space (and time) is an a priori property of the viewer's mind.
- The viewing subject gives the world coherence through perception of space and time. In turn, perceiving the world as coherent gives the subject coherence.
- However, neither the subject nor the world is a coherent unity. Both subject and world are made up of contradictory elements. Any apparent unity is an illusion produced by the mind. Neither self nor world exist.
- Perspective painting encodes the process by which both self and world are fictively constructed.
Perspective painting proves nothing exists.