Theory:

Theory itself has the capacity to exhaust the possibilities of language, since it is built on linguistic structure; thus, before engaging ideas physically, potential behaviors are optimized through exhaustive thought.

Furthermore, the structures of theory are malleable, shaped by logical induction and deductive learning. Since it is formed in neuro-networks, theory has latent potential for synthesis– discovery, through the combination of previously unrelated “thought matrices” (see Arthur Koestler, the Act of Creation, the Monkey with a Stick).

Of course, one must first establish thought matrices, through experience– interaction with environments, through every possible modality of perception and behavior that evolution and technology have to offer. With multiple, robust internal mental models of information sources, the brain is primed for discovery.

Gestalt Art is my theoretical answer to the Modality thesis; an encompassing modality that enables the mind’s relational potential.

A manifesto: In short, performance is the foundation of behaviors. Survival, and observation are performances on the stage of life and society. Our efforts in survival and observation form the thought matrices that shape our thoughts, and behaviors. Thus, our individual expression changes based on a sum total of every experience; a “gestalt”, whose sum forms a dynamically shifting relation of parts, as the conscious self is reflexive, in motion.

Since rhythm is the foundation of life, with sun cycles to heart beats and breaths, and circadian patterns, dance and music, which are most obviously rhythmic, might reasonably be the first art forms. Don’t close in on those terms for “artistic behaviors”, keep your mind open and reflexive: categories of language don’t equal the incompressible resolution of physical experience. Our minds and bodies are shaping ideas before we are conscious of them. This passage of information, an organic computation of the environment by your body and mind, is the lifeblood of discovery. It’s first contact with the mind is through feeling–a primordial, subconscious sensation. It’s repeated signal excites the conscious mind, wherein emotional and logical thought processes amplify its subtle signal into distinct categories of language. Thus, feelings of kinetic motion, of pleasure and pain, focus, among the arrays of different cell types and cell networks in the brain, are the raw material for new ideas. As a repetitive signal triggers consciousness, language kicks in to form thought matrices in the frontal cortex, thus establishing the first theory, or I should say myth…representing an outlook, or set of assumptions about the world; more specifically, a theory is an axiomatized outlook, susceptible to critical analysis. It informs ideas and behaviors; thus, without limiting ourselves to traditional disciplinary syntax, we can express new behaviors, which cross-breed every known discipline– as the social mind attempts to contextualize this liminal territory of emergent behavior.

It is with this understanding that I begin to see my experience of the world as a performance, with every sensation fueling my internal mental model of the world; creating mythology, testing hypothesis, distilling theory. This experience is the Gestalt, and it is a central function of information being transduced by sense organs, and interpreted by a conscious individual.

Signals, the cybernetic medium, are the foundation of organisms, most notably our society. More specifically, it is the foundation of the modern world, with the connectivity of radio signals, electrical signals, and the internet. It follows, neurological signals that the brain interprets into a unified experience–the Gestalt, and the digital signals that computers interpret and display are analogical. Thus, through a variety of sensors and models of signal interpretation, a computer system can sense, digitize, interpret, and display a variety of signals into an objective Gestalt; a perceptualization of information through computer models of interpretation objectify the normally subjective experience of Gestalt. Because my internal experience of the world is interesting, I seek to objectify this experience, and effect it through use of novel theories, organic signals, digital synthesis, and multi-media output. In some cases, though, poetry will suffice.

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