Nicholas Mortimer
Second Year

The Enthusiast

“Droll thing life is — that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself — that comes too late — a crop of inextinguishable regrets”
– Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness (1898)

“The Enthusiast” is rooted in speculations found within neuroscience, surrounding creative or emotional insight.

Considering a possible outcome to emerging research in determining a neurological basis for aesthetic appreciation. An enthusiast of Ikebana (the ancient art of flower arranging) has used a company to provide him with data which holds the key to his ‘ideal’ aesthetic arrangement. He is seen to be lost in a world of information, interpreting the data with a home made attempt at defining his personal vision of beauty.

The Enthusiast weaves these conceptual speculations into a mysterious narrative by illustrating an outcome to a future ‘neuro-aesthetics’ public service. The narrative acts as a series of metaphors, by highlighting a historical approach to defining a creative form (Ikebana / flower arranging) which is placed into a scenario which deals with updated neurological endeavours which can define subjective experiences.

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