I found the discussion around Hay’s work exciting. She has worked with dancers as talented as Baryshnikov, and after the talks, the group began to discuss the existence of truth. She has spent her life trying to reprogram reflexive actions, harnessing the cells of her body and redirecting them to function otherwise. Having seen 3 families struggle with severely disabling strokes, discontinuing their formerly vibrant relatively continuous lives, I wondered whether it would be possible to reprogram their cells. Perhaps, even less adaptively, I inquired about the relationship between truth and disease. For disease not to exist except when forced into a singular state through confrontation as some quantum mechanical argument might suggest (Schroedinger’s cat), is perhaps not the most useful paradigm, certainly not the statistically dominant one adopted by most humans. I choose to respond to pain as if it were real. Entropy probably does win with time.
We talked about the function of art – the dialog between the observer’s point of view and the artist’s point of view that forces the observer to subsume the instance of individual point of view in order to acknowledge the existence of the more abstract concept of “point of view”. The function of art, one person offered, was for the observer to reorganize the visual experience. We also considered more functional art – the pottery and figures used to help others into the new world in some cultures. Laying hardwood floors would also be an art. Every piece having a precisely determinable purpose and fit in order for it to look beautiful. Art then is fundamentally concerned with order. Although Nietzsche (footnote 1) might argue that order does not exist, in life, order is associated with function, and the ability (not necessarily realized) to do work. This then, from physics, requires a power differential – a hierarchy imposed perhaps spatially, or in the case of music, temporally. One position has value relative to another within the ensemble.