Learning to Un-See / On The Go

Learning to Un-See / On The Go

Dockland © Knut Skjærven

Dockland © Knut Skjærven

Seeing is not that easy. It comes with learning.

I am not talking about the ability to direct the gaze at something. To look at it.

To direct your gaze at an object, to look at it, can be very different from seeing it. Looking is never fulfilling.

When you see a thing you take in all aspects of it. You place yourself in control of what is there in front of you.

When you have learned to see, the next step is to learn to un-see.

When you un-see you bracket what you see and apply an un-seeing mode.

Learning to un-see you can have both seeing and un-seeing present at the same time and move back and forth between the two modes.

When you see, that is an deliberate activity of the mind. When you un-see that is an activity of the world. You are at the receiver’s end and have to do nothing to make it happen.

But before it comes to that you need to train both. Un-seeing comes with learning.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved.
Copenhagen, November 11, 2016.

This text will go into On The Go: The Emerging Workbook for New Street Agenda. It is part of the forthcoming update. This post is tagged #onthego.

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Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven is a Norwegian photographer, writer and researcher working out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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