In my lecture today I was told to draw what I thought Air looked like. Below is a picture of my outcome. I chose to leave the page blank because to me air is invisible, its not something you can see but it’s there.
I was then asked what is Air? to answer this question, I first had to seek out what our true purpose in the world is for and understand it from the perspective of a humans values. Having knowledge of the intimate connection we have with the world and how reliant we are of it. ‘Air is a vehicle of the Earth, and there is nothing that is empty of air’ (Povinells, p.33) Air is a part of everything; it is a part of who we are, where we come from and one of the main sources of life. We have never been separate from this world but yet we act as though we do. It is as though we have become non-humans, living in a world that we believe is not equal to us. We only believe in the importance of what we see, instead of what we don’t. Air is invisible which makes us forget about the importance of it. For example it is said that a human can live up to 3 days without food or water. However if you took air from a human they would not be able to live past 3 minutes.
Having understood the importance of air I was told to do another drawing of what I thought air looked like. My second drawing I showed an image of a person being surrounded by air, so that it could connote that air is everywhere.
The next question that was asked was How do we remember Air? First I believe you have to find the problem in order to solve the solution. In that aspect we have forgotten air because it has become convenient to making money and that our senses of communication has lead our attention to more fascinating elements such as technology and the media. To solve this problem humans need to realise the importance of air and that it isn’t a separate element from us. We need to renew our acquaintance with the sensuous world.
My lecturer told me a very interesting example of how young children of today are asked where does chicken come from and with that they say from packaging or that shops. Little do they know that an animal has to die in order to provide food. This shows that from a very early age we are brain washing the younger generation in to believing what we want them to believe.
For my third and final drawing I did a picture of the world. I chose to draw to do this because it’s not just about what we see or what we don’t, but knowing that everything around us is a part of who we are as humans. Each element of the world plays a factor of our being with in this world.
What I have learned from this exercise is that the space between a human and object isn’t just empty, but that it is full. There is a medium through which we work, communicate or act on. Even though you cannot see something, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. This lecture opened my eyes up to a broader perspective of how I see the world.