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Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. (Aldous Huxley)

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By Cathy

Stanley Sin

On 02, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

I treat the Visual Arts as a way of perceiving the world. I like to find underlying principles to our life that can explain phenomena and activities of humans and the world. I search for these principles out of curiosity, and when I find them they provide me with a sense of stability and control. I tend to believe there is a priori knowledge that is universally true. However, after completing my philosophy degree, I found theories have limitations: they are only true under certain conditions. For example when I studied Aesthetics, I learnt about dimensions of human nature – such as emotions, relationships, culture context – yet no universal principle could be found. Philosophy can make me see through something in life, but I find I also want to see daily life in more details. I find creative works can lead me to observe things around me in new ways. For me, this puts me closer to daily life.

I treat the Visual Arts as a creative way to express ideas. In philosophy, ideas are mainly presented to people through words. However, words often cannot move people instantly, most people feel distant to philosophical texts. Visual Arts can help me to externalize my thinking in ways that are more easily accepted by people. Experience Design gives me even more ways to present ideas than traditional art forms as I believe experience is paramount in the process of artistic creation. From generating to actualizing ideas, the world will give challenging feedbacks to you. When you go through self-overcoming to produce creative works, you can feel the dynamics of life.

I treat the Visual Arts as one of connecting dots of my life. When I was studying information technology as my first university degree, I started to find meaning in life that brought me to study philosophy. Then, philosophy lead me to express ideas in artistic ways. Now, I wonder whethere Experience Design will guide me to the next dot. I hope I can connect those dots more closely, as to integrated what I have learnt into my own system.