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Art and Existence – David Cotterrell Studio Visit

June 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£10.00 – £15.00

From 1905 to 1906 the poet Rainer Maria Rilke worked as sculptor’s Auguste Rodin’s studio assistant in order ‘to learn how to see’.  What type of seeing was Rilke seeking to learn in the studio of Rodin?

Art is an intensified form of lived experience, just like human and sentient beings are intensified forms of life.  Art has the power to open us up to a liminal space and time where conventional dichotomies of physical and mental, material and ideal, object and subject, other and self, nature and human, etc, dissolve, connecting us to the paradox of interconnectedness and to a relation to life based on care, significance and creativity.

Art, like phenomenology, is an activity of realisation capable of mobilising non-localised subjectivity. It can assist us in performing an imaginative leap beyond ourselves and reconnect to ‘the otherness that is us’, to the bigger picture to which we are always already partaking.

How we focus on something changes it. Art and phenomenology are creative practices that enhance our capacities to imagine, form and receive the world, that sensitise us to its Thou-ness and to the value and significance of all life.

David Cotterrell will show some of his recent works and discuss them in an open conversation facilitated by Monia Brizzi.


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June 16, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£10.00 – £15.00
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David Cotterrell Studio
1 Borthwick Street
London, SE8 3GH United Kingdom
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Monia Brizzi