Dundee Series – Sketch Study

I began a study of how Heidegger’s philosophy of dwelling could be made tangible using a local area as laboratory. The first step was to carry out a sketch study of the area.  An appreciation of Heidegger’s comment that the experience always precedes the intellectual appreciation of the experience reveals that the physical appreciation of these sketches is almost incidental, the meaningful event was the moment of the sketch. Process not product. In that moment the experience of the place was direct and immediate. The relationship one has with the place is altered, like a memory solidified. In this way sketching is revealed as a pure example of experience preceding thought. Additionally, the sketch is a temporal act of engagement and can therefore be seen as beginning to form a physical manifestation of Heidegger’s concept of dwelling.

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