The Contemplative Contemplation
Contemplation © BHANG Youngmoon, 2020
Contemplative contemplation, as the sense of very first life that was begun in the ocean
towards the sun to get the sun's energy for its own life,
not consciousness, not concentration but just as the sense of immemorial antiquity.
An etymological and historical interpretation
of the limits of the language and a visual expression of it.
Through the exposure time of 11 minutes and 7 seconds and 66 minutes, the imperfection of human mind is expressed lingustically and numerologically, the expression of the imperfection of human mind, and the visual acceptance, which can only be seen as the same color but with a very different color depending on the background, is the expression of the imperfection of human perception.
Far out at sea, during the sunset,
at the moment of transition,
my photo-taking behavior
is to be my Karma(業, कर्म).
According to the ancient Vedic tradition of the ritual yajña(यज्ञ), I was standing at the place that can look down the surface of West Sea of Korean Peninsular to take photos. I checked the time of sunset before the photo-taking, open my camera shutter and take a 11 minutes and 7 seconds long exposure photo. In my photo works, there are not shapes, no lines but only colors can remain.
Each photographs are 66 minutes, 33 minutes or 11 minutes 7 seconds long exposures of sea surface. “The idea of time as something homeostatic and recurring was represented by water”(Munesuke Mita) in many civilizations.
I took 66 and 33 and 11 minutes 7 seconds. 66 and 33 came from the Ancient Near Eastern Numerology and the latter number came from the idiom in Korean language of Buddhistic tradition ’50,000 charl-ra(刹那)’. According to the scholars, ‘charl-ra(刹那)’ was induced by the Abhidhamma early Buddhism schools. It was dogmatic approach of the early Buddhism schools but this kind of terms are sort of hermeneutical error.
Unfortunately, early Buddhist Schools such as the Abhidhamma made the following mistakes: conceptualization, hypostatization and acceptance of abstraction. A state of self-effacement and impermanency came from the process of deconstruction of falsifying conceptualization and hypostatization. It can be understand in the state of deconstruction of hypostatization, do not separate between principle and phenomenon, do not separate between essence and development. But the early Buddhist schools made such mistakes again and they developed concepts such as ‘charl-ra’, ‘mind’
刹那 Kṣaṇa (क्षण, “moment”)
'Charl-ra (moment; 刹那 Kṣaṇa क्षण)" is the smallest unit of time, of varying lengths depending on Buddhistic tradition, that can be converted to 1/75 second in modern measure of time. It's a cycle of mind. One thought is emerged, sustained and decayed in our mind in 1 Charl-ra(Kṣaṇa). According to this Buddhistic idea, our thought fluctuates from charl-ra to charl-ra without ceasing.
Human Mind 마음
Human mind never can be ceased. It's very similar to a fluid and the micro-world phenomena. It's come into existence, abided, changed and become extinct in Charl-ra'.
50,000 Thoughts 오만가지 생각
In about 11 minutes and 6 seconds and half, our thought in mind fluctuates almost 50,000 times. "50,000 thoughts (오만가지 생각)" is very famous idom in Korean language and it came from this Buddhistic tradition.
My photography series <Contemplative Contemplation> is based on visualization of numerology, etymology and conceptual history. And it’s a process of deconstruction to realize that abstraction is not reality, as Alfred N. Whitehead’s “the fallacy of misplaced concreteness”.