This essay was written in conjunction with the Consciousness Project painting series in which consciousness is expressed as light and space.
(I was asked how this essay on consciousness relates to Post Personalism art. It relates because Post Personalism includes the study of the evolution of human consciousness, which is one of the central themes explored in Post Personalism.
Does Consciousness Originate In The Human Brain?
The scientific view of consciousness is unable to accept the possibility that consciousness might originate not from inside the human brain but from outside the human brain. Because to acknowledge that possibility would be in their minds a slippery slope toward believing in a distant magical divine power. And that option does not sit well with scientists. But there is an entirely different way of looking at it.
As scientists haven’t the foggiest idea what causes consciousness and yet they do not hesitate to offer their opinions about it anyway—I therefore feel at liberty to offer my own opinions too. I am not a scientist, and my opinions are born out of my own observations and my own philosophical inquiry. So let me start by saying that the idea that consciousness originates from inside the human brain through biological processes is flat out . . . probably incorrect. Why? because almost all human brain functions are activated, triggered, by things outside of the human brain. Read more.
A friend asked me to explain Post Personalism. I said it was making art that communicates attributes of oneness, kindness and compassion through art.
As is typical when I explain Post Personalism this way, he wasn't quite sure what I was talking about. So I said, let's imagine that you have tremendous artistic talent and could make anything you wanted. With that, how would you communicate the idea of harmony in a work of art? He thought for a moment then said he would use a tuning fork. Then I asked, how would you take the idea of the tuning fork and translate it into a concept of personal, social, political and racial harmony. He said he would "use multiple tuning forks, like a bouquet. And each tuning fork would produce a different note but all tuning forks would be together in the bouquet". And I said, You got it!—That's Post Personal art. Inspired by my friend's idea, I made this quick digital sketch of a bouquet of tuning forks.
Some artists walk into an art show and look around the room and see only the competition. The Post Personalist walks into an art show and sees all the strange and wonderful reflections of himself or herself.
The Post Personal Project is about changing consciousness. Not merely changing the furniture of the mind. -ph
There is the saying "Think outside the box". In the post personal project there is the saying "Think outside the self". Today the self is the new box.
"When it is working, you completely go into another place, you're tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That's what it's all about. " -Keith Haring
(To be clear, Haring was not talking about Post Personalism specifically. He made that comment many years ago but it nevertheless aligns with the post personal project point of view today).
As stated in Concerning the Spiritual In Art :
Kandinsky felt that an authentic artist creates art from "an internal necessity" that inhabits the tip of an upward-moving pyramid. This progressing pyramid is penetrating and proceeding into the future.
What Kandinsky is suggesting that what we thought was strange or inconceivable yesterday is commonplace today. What is avant guard today (and understood only by the few) will be common knowledge tomorrow. The modern artist–prophet stands alone at the apex of the pyramid, according to Kandinsky. There, the artist makes new discoveries and ushers in tomorrow's reality.
How do Kandinsky's comments relate to Post Personalism? Kandinsky was speaking in the language of his time. In our present time however, the "tip of the upward-moving pyramid" would be to say "the forefront of the evolution of human consciousness." It's the same thing. In other words, the new avant guard are those awakening to the reality of oneness.
Patrick Howe, Artist, Author, Educator, Electronic Music Composer