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[Xmca-l] Re: Having an experience

Beth in your question:
 "how to study the object which is the unity of the experience?

Is it possible that to study the "object" (which is the unity) is another category error. In other words the unity (as integral) is PRIOR to the "object OF" and also prior to the "subject OF" "an" experience 

The "recognizing" objects (as Dewey contrasts with  the concept "perceiving" is not "an" experience.

"an" experience has a particular quality of    "having" an experience which is not POSSESSIVE.  Having an experience is "undergoing" an experience.  
I am proposing that these contrasting concepts of "having" (possessing and undergoing) are subtle shifts (slants) that Dewey is bringing to the "fore".

Andy says Dewey uses "beautiful" scientific language to explore this phenomena.  Beautiful as receptively "taking in" dewey's meaning. THIS beauty "hinges" on "an" experience being an experience of undergoing or grasping or taking in "an" experience (as a unity of being completed through becoming completed. Being is the completed form that exists (is completed) prior to subjects  and objects forming  and prior to emotion and intellect forming and prior to intuition and reflection forming  their multimodal qualities.   Qualities of these various multimodal "aspects" of the unity of "having" "an" experience.  These aspects are various ways //about// reflecting and RE-presenting "an" already completed and existing experience after first undergoing the experience.
 As Andy emphasizes the unity  is prior to distinguishing the multiple modes that can then be recognized.  The unity of "an" experience when undergone is "perceived" not "recognized" (as Dewey meant this contrast in terms.

Therefore is place-making contrasted with place-undergoing??

In Buddhism is undergoing the key phenomena of unity as "dependent arising"?

Yes beautiful and a particular phenomenal/imaginal slant "/" 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Beth Ferholt" <bferholt@gmail.com>
Sent: ‎2015-‎07-‎16 11:15 PM
To: "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net>
Cc: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Having an experience

But when we reflect on some things it is hard to do so without loosing the
whole entirely in the process of reflection.

Jay said in a chain recently, in response to a related question, something
about having an artist on every research team.  I have been thinking about
this.  If the "artist, in comparison with his fellows, is one who is not
only especially gifted in powers of execution but in unusual sensitivity to
the qualities of things" then  this is who we need to tell us which
property is the one that can characterize the experience as a whole.

No?  Am I missing something in what you just wrote?  The unity is prior but
how to study the object if this unity is its essence? -- sort of like the
empty space in the bowl being the bowl, so when you study the bowl itself
then you miss the whole point.

I am thinking of these two quotes, although maybe I am conflating things?:

"Its nature and import can be expressed only by art, because there is a
unity of experience that can be expressed only as an experience." and

“Few understand why it is imperative not only to have the effect of art
take shape and excite the reader or spectator but also to explain art, *and
to explain it in such a way that the explanation does not kill the emotion*.”
-- p. 254, Vygotsky (1971)

I am really meaning this question in a very practical way, thinking of how
I am always speaking to preschool teachers who describe their students and
the activities with these students with such art, and how I am getting
better at creating classroom spaces that support this description -- but am
still not clear about how to consistently create spaces in my papers for
similar forms of representation and reflection.

This question also comes from reading the Alfredo and Rolf paper, and
thinking about Leigh Star's work.


On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 1:45 AM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

>  No, no, Beth. As Dewey says:
> "This unity is neither emotional, practical, nor intellectual, for these
> terms name distinctions that reflection can make within it. In discourse */about/
> *an experience, we must make use of these adjectives of interpretation.
> In going over an experience in mind /*after/ *its occurrence, we may find
> that one property rather than another was sufficiently dominant so that it
> characterizes the experience as a whole. "
> Isn't this beautiful scientific prose! We make these distinction when we
> *reflect* on an experience. And perhaps we include the experience in our
> autobiography, act it out on the stage, analyse it scientifically, all of
> which presupposes analysis and synthesis. But it is important to recognise
> that the unity is prior. It is not only a unity of emotion and cognition
> (for example) but also of attention and will - and any other categories you
> abstract from an experience.
> Andy
>  ------------------------------
> *Andy Blunden*
> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
> On 17/07/2015 3:00 PM, Beth Ferholt wrote:
> Or reproducing the part that represents the whole?  Like a fractal? I
> think it is the similarity across scales that makes an experience
> proleptic, or gives that 'bliss conferred at the beginning of the road to
> redemption" that Vasilyuk refers to.  You have an experience on several
> timescales and so a sense of deja-vu is central to having an experience.
> This is what I am thinking about after reading both the paper of Dewey's
> and your recent piece on perezhivanie, Andy, although I am picking up on a
> small piece of the last email in this chain -- : If something is only
> itself in its whole then you can't study it, is what is bothering me.  Beth
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:
>> Not "getting at something", Michael. Just pursuing this question you
>> raised about Dewey's saying that the aesthetic quality of medieval
>> buildings arises from their not being "planned" like buildings are
>> nowadays. He goes on to say "Every work of art follows the plan of, and
>> pattern of, a complete experience." The puzzle he is raising here is the
>> completeness of an experience which gives it its aesthetic quality, and
>> this cannot be created by assembling together parts in the way a modern
>> building is planned. An experience - the kind of thing which sticks in your
>> mind - is an original or prior unity, not a combination, and this is what
>> gives a work of art that ineffable quality, something which can only be
>> transmitted by reproducing that whole of an experience.
>> Andy
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> *Andy Blunden*
>> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
>>   On 17/07/2015 2:32 AM, Glassman, Michael wrote:
>>> Andy,
>>> I'm still not sure about your question.  Did I set out to have that
>>> experience, that morning...no, I don't think so (it was a long time ago,
>>> but I'm pretty sure no).  Could I have just treated it as an indiscriminate
>>> activity, probably, I had done so before.
>>> But I am guessing you're getting a something here Andy?
>>> Michael
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: xmca-l-bounces+glassman.13=osu.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu [mailto:
>>> xmca-l-bounces+glassman.13=osu.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Andy
>>> Blunden
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:21 PM
>>> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
>>> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Having an experience
>>> YOu said: "... But that time I had the experience with the paintings..."
>>> I mean that was an experience. Did you set out that morning to have that
>>> experience?
>>> RE, your question: "what does he mean when he says you can't do things
>>> indiscriminately and have vital experience, but you also can't plan things?"
>>> Andy
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>>> *Andy Blunden*
>>> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
>>> On 17/07/2015 2:09 AM, Glassman, Michael wrote:
>>>> Well I'm not sure I understand your question Andy, but perhaps it has
>>>> something to do with my grandfather's favorite saying (translated from
>>>> Yiddish),
>>>> Man plans, God laughs.
>>>> Michael
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: xmca-l-bounces+mglassman=ehe.ohio-state.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu
>>>> [mailto:xmca-l-bounces+mglassman=ehe.ohio-state.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu]
>>>> On Behalf Of Andy Blunden
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:04 PM
>>>> To: xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu
>>>> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Having an experience
>>>> So Michael, there was just that one occasion, in all your museum-going,
>>>> when you had an experience. Was that planned?
>>>> (I don't mean to say you haven't had a number of such experiences,
>>>> Michael ... just some number actually)
>>>> Andy
>>>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> *Andy Blunden*
>>>> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
>>>> On 17/07/2015 1:19 AM, Glassman, Michael wrote:
>>>>> Hi Larry and all,
>>>>> I think this is one of the most complex aspects of experience, what
>>>>> does he mean when he says you can't do things indiscriminately and have
>>>>> vital experience, but you also can't plan things?  I have discussed
>>>>> (argued) about this a lot with my students.  I have especially seen him
>>>>> raise this point in at least two of his great works, Democracy and
>>>>> Education and Experience and Nature - and again of course in Art as
>>>>> Experience (notice he is not saying how Art enters into experience but how
>>>>> art is experience - I have come to notice these little things more and more
>>>>> in his writing).
>>>>> The difficulty we have, at least in the United States because of the
>>>>> dominance of the idea of meta-cognition, is that we too often translate
>>>>> what individuals are bringing in to experience to organize it as a form of
>>>>> meta-cognition.  It is kind of possible to make that interpretation from
>>>>> Democracy and Education, although what I think he is doing more is arguing
>>>>> against misinterpretations of his work as random, child centered
>>>>> activities.  I think he is clearer in Experience and Nature that we bring
>>>>> in who we are at the moment into the activity, and use who we are (I don't
>>>>> want to say identity) as an organizing principle for what we do.  It is
>>>>> perhaps one of the places where Dewey and Vygotsky are close.  Perhaps I
>>>>> can use the same Jackson Pollock example.  The first few times I saw his
>>>>> paintings I was trying to "apprecitate" them because I was told that was
>>>>> the best way to experience them.  Dewey says no vital experience there
>>>>> because my activities become stilted and artificia
>>>>>     l.  Sometimes I went through the museum and just looked at
>>>>> pictures, one to the other.  No vital experience there, just random
>>>>> threads.  But that time I had the experience with the paintings I was
>>>>> allowing who I was, what had been built up in the trajectory of my life to
>>>>> enter into my experience with the painting, making it a vital experience.
>>>>> I think Dewey makes the argument in Experience and Nature that it is not
>>>>> just the experience the moment before, but the experiences leading to that
>>>>> experience, the context of my life, of my parent's life, of a long line of
>>>>> historical experiences.
>>>>> Anyway, my take.
>>>>> Michael
>>>>> -
>  --
>  Beth Ferholt
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Early Childhood and Art Education
> Brooklyn College, City University of New York
> 2900 Bedford Avenue
> Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889
> Email: bferholt@brooklyn.cuny.edu
> Phone: (718) 951-5205
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Beth Ferholt
Assistant Professor
Department of Early Childhood and Art Education
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889

Email: bferholt@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Phone: (718) 951-5205
Fax: (718) 951-4816