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EXPEDITION I: VISUAL COGNITION

EXPANDING THE LIMITATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL AND SHARED UNDERSTANDING THROUGH VISUAL BASED COGNITIVE PROCESSING AND THE CREATURE

ON JANUARY 15TH, 2019 AT 10AM, A GROUP OF 15 INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY ARRIVED AT SOUND RIVER STUDIOS, A COLUMNED WAREHOUSE OVERLOOKING THE EAST RIVER IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE MISSION: TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF EMOTIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL COGNITIVE PROCESSING

 
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LIMITATIONS OF LINGUISTICS AS A COGNITIVE TOOL

LANGUAGE IS A SPECIALIZED TOOL, CREATED TO AID THE TRANSFER OF UNDERSTANDING.

LANGUAGE WAS NOT DESIGNED TO BE USED AS A SOLE COGNITIVE PROCESSING TOOL, BUT DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF COMMUNICATION, IT IS PRACTICED AS SUCH. THIS MISUSE CREATES A HARD LIMIT TO INDIVIDUAL EMOTIONAL COMPREHENSION.

ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF THE SCOPE OF WHAT LANGUAGE WAS DESIGNED TO INCAPSULATE, PARTICULARLY WITHIN ABSTRACT UNDERSTANDING, CAN NOT BE THOROUGHLY PROCESSED USING THIS TOOL ALONE.

THE ABILITY TO COMPREHEND EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF THE SCOPE OF LANGUAGE CAN BE OBSERVED THROUGH THE COMMON PHRASE, “I CAN’T PUT A WORD TO THIS FEELING.”

INDIVIDUALS RECOGNIZE A GREATER PICTURE TO THEIR EXPERIENCE WHICH AFFECTS THEM THE SAME AS ANYTHING ELSE, BUT ARE LEFT ACUTELY UNPREPARED TO TAKE MUCH ACTION WITH THE LIMITED TOOLS THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO PRACTICE.

IN ORDER TO BYPASS THESE LIMITATIONS OF LINGUAL BASED PROCESSING, WELCOME CREATURE DESIGNED AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO ACHIEVING UNDERSTANDING USING A MORE OPEN ENDED TOOL: VISUAL THOUGHT.

VISUAL THOUGHT

VISUAL THOUGHT IS MOST OFTEN EXPERIENCED IN THE FORM OF A DREAM. WHEN ONE’S SUBCONSCIOUS IS GIVEN A VOICE, UNDERSTANDING SEEPS OUT THAT THE CONSCIOUS BRAIN MUST WORK BACKWARDS TO DECIPHER.

HOWEVER, MANY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY IN USING THEIR DAILY TIME SPENT DREAMING AS AN ACTIVE INTROSPECTION DUE TO THE SIMULTANEOUS NEED FOR PHYSICAL REJUVENATION.

TO RETAIN THE MOST OF THIS TRANSFER OF ABSTRACT UNDERSTANDING FROM THE SUBCONSCIOUS, PARTICIPANTS WERE BROUGHT TO A FAMILIAR DREAM STATE WHILE REMAINING PHYSICALLY AWAKE.

 
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INDUCING A CONSCIOUS DREAM STATE

TO INDUCE A CONSCIOUS DREAM STATE, ONE CAN DECEIVE THE BRAIN’S SLEEP CHECKS INTO A RUSE OF THE BODY BEING ASLEEP:

IF AN INDIVIDUAL REMAINS COMPLETELY STILL IN A RESTING POSITION FOR LONG ENOUGH, USUALLY A MERE 10 MINUTES, THE BRAIN WILL BEGIN TO SEND TESTS TO THE BODY TO CHECK IF ONE IS AWAKE OR NOT. THESE TESTS USUALLY MANIFEST IN THE FORM OF ITCHES AND IMPULSES. WHEN THE BODY RESPONDS TO AN ITCH OR AN IMPULSE TO MOVE, THE BRAIN REGISTERS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS AWAKE AND AS A RESULT STAYS IN A CONSCIOUS MODE. WHEN RESISTED, THESE ITCHES AND IMPULSES CAN GROW INCREASINGLY POWERFUL TO THE POINT OF PAIN. HOWEVER, IF PROPERLY DISREGARDED, THE BRAIN BECOMES CONVINCED THAT AN INDIVIDUAL MUST BE ASLEEP AND ALLOWS THE SUBCONSCIOUS TO TAKE OVER AS A DREAM STATE.

THE STEPS TO INDUCE A DREAM STATE ARE SIMPLE, BUT REQUIRE IMMENSE WILL:

  1. LAY DOWN IN A RELAXED POSITION

  2. ALLOW YOUR BODY TO COLLAPSE INTO THE GROUND UNTIL THERE IS NO MORE ROOM TO PHYSICALLY RELAX

  3. LAY ENTIRELY STILL

  4. WHEN THE ITCHES AND IMPULSES ARRIVE, ACTIVELY COMBAT THEM WITH STILLNESS

  5. MAINTAIN A MENTALLY ACTIVE MIND WITHOUT PHYSICALLY OVERSTIMULATING THE BRAIN

NEED FOR ADAPTATION

DURING TRIALS, THESE STEPS CONTINUOUSLY PROVED EFFECTIVE IN THE ACT OF ACHIEVING ABSTRACT UNDERSTANDING FOR ONESELF, BUT BECAUSE THE NEWFOUND UNDERSTANDING OFTEN FELL OUTSIDE THE REALM OF LINGUISTICS, ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE SAID UNDERSTANDING PROVED TO BE DIFFICULT.

IT WAS LIKE TRYING TO DESCRIBE A COLOR TO A PERSON WHO HAD NEVER SEEN SUCH COLOR. ONLY THIS COLOR DIRECTLY SHAPES THE YOUR INDIVIDUAL EXISTENCE. IF NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE EACH OTHER’S FULL COLORS, THE WORLD CAN GET QUITE DULL.

IT BECAME VERY CLEAR THAT IN ORDER FOR THIS UNDERSTANDING TO BE APPLIED FULLY, THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IT WAS CRUCIAL.

SO A NEW FACTOR WAS IMPLEMENTED, A REPLACEMENT FOR LANGUAGE: THE CREATURE.

THE HYPOTHESES: WITH A COMMON VESSEL TO EXPLORE THE SUBCONSCIOUS, THE NECESSARY COMMON GROUND FOR COMMUNICATION WITHIN LANGUAGE COULD BE REPLICATED WITHOUT IMPOSING ALL OF THE SAME LIMITATIONS.

SO A COMMON FACTOR WAS IMPLEMENTED: THE CREATURE

 
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PARTICIPANTS WERE GUIDED THROUGH THIS JOURNEY OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS THROUGH THE COMMON VESSEL OF THE CREATURE. ALL COMMUNICATION FOLLOWING THE EXPERIENCE WAS DONE THROUGH STORYTELLING, RECOUNTING THE EXPERIENCES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL’S PERSONAL CREATURE. THE CREATURE AND THE SCENARIOS PEOPLE FOUND IT IN BECAME THE LANGUAGE OF ABSTRACT EMOTION.

 
 

THE PROCESS WAS FINALIZED AS FOLLOWS:

EXPEDITION I

  1. 10 MINUTES LAYING DOWN IN A RELAXED POSITION

  2. SIMULTANEOUS FOCUS ON ALLOWING BODY TO COLLAPSE INTO PEAK PHYSICAL RELAXATION

  3. GUIDED FORMATION OF COMMON VESSEL: THE CREATURE

  4. ALLOW THE CREATURE TO EXIST- EXPLORE, DEFINE ENVIRONMENT, INTERACT WITH ENVIRONMENT

  5. UPON COMPLETION OF EXPLORATION PERIOD, REMAIN STILL IN SAME PHYSICAL DREAM STATE AND TAKE MENTAL NOTE OF EACH ASPECT OF THE EXPERIENCE

  6. WHEN READY, SIT UP AND IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO TRANSFER IT TO PAPER

  7. REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

 
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THE END RESULT: AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS.

NOT ONLY DID EVERY LAST PARTICIPANT REPORT AN INSIGHTFUL AND FRUITFUL JOURNEY FAR OUTSIDE OF THE USUAL REALM OF THOUGHT, BUT THROUGH THE USE OF THE CREATURE, TRANSFER OF ABSTRACT UNDERSTANDING BECAME NATURAL. THE LEVEL OF EMPATHY AND HONEST UNDERSTANDING WAS BEAUTIFULLY HEIGHTENED AND HEARTBREAKINGLY CONTRASTING OF THE WORLD AROUND US.

AS WELCOME CREATURE CONTINUES, A FOCUS WILL BE ON CARRYING THAT UNDERSTANDING OUTSIDE OF OUR SPACE.

EVERY MOVEMENT BEGINS SOMEWHERE. THE MOVEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING CAN BEGIN WITH YOU.