This is the realm of imagining, where all things possible do occur. The boundaries of the world expand to include the deepest mysteries of the mind and the farthest reaches of the universe.
The aesthetic imagination is the ultimate information processor. Art forges connections between the hemispheres of the brain by a multimedia melding of verbal, visual, emotional, and cognitive modes of representation and experience.
Science reveals the parallel dimensions of a quantum multiverse and art transports us there. Metaphorical and associative correspondences connect the myriad waveforms and particles of matter and energy with the trillions of neural networks of billions of human minds. The Hubble Space Telescope, the World Wide Web, and the Large Hadron Collider are instruments of vast reach and great potential and they are also powerful metaphors. Culture expands to include imaginative access to the formerly unknown territories revealed by our ever-increasing methods of collecting and interpreting information and experience.
An aesthetic approach to living involves working creatively with other modes of being in the world. Art embodies great technical and scientific information but it is not just science. Artists draw inspiration from nature and the natural world, but artists are not biologists. The truths and mysteries of philosophy and metaphysics inform much great art, yet art is not religion or metaphysics. Art reveals the workings of the mind and how humans interact with each other and create culture, but it is more than either psychology or politics.
From the cave walls of pre-history to the 3-D multiplex, we come to understand ourselves by projecting our view of the world into the world itself, thereby altering it in an endless feedback loop of creative visualization. We act not so much in the world as we do within our representations of it. And because we are deeply human and not simply machines, our entire lives take place, not in the material of the world, but wholly within our personal and collective imagination. Things are the way they are because this is how we imagine them to be. This is why, tomorrow, everything will be different than it is today…
Image: “in imagining” by Tullio DeSantis, altered images, 2011