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Experiential Relativity

Posted in Robin M Rogers with tags , on November 22, 2009 by robinmrogers

It is apparent to me that individuals live within their own experience. This is, in fact, what makes each person an individual. As much as one would like to communicate or reproduce one’s experience for others, it is simply not possible to fully do so. Unique experience is a result of a litany of variables including: the way sensory information is gathered, processed, stored, recalled, forgotten, and cross referenced, as well as, culture, belief system, upbringing, socio/economic status, previous experiences, genetics, and mood. All of these factors and more play an interwoven part in defining a person’s experience.

My work explores the concept of experiential relativity. The purpose is to draw attention to and sometimes exploit the discrepancy that exists from person to person. By recognizing the differences in what is being experienced, I hope to bring to light the fact that each of our experiences is quite limited and far from a comprehensive view of the whole. From this may come a lesson of tolerance. While I believe that none of us are capable of fully experiencing “the whole,” I long for those moments when I catch a glimpse of a larger understanding and everything feels lighter. This sensation, the moment of ephiany, is what I strive to evoke in my viewers.

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