"On Not Knowing" / by Yu Cao

"Heidegger identifies the work of art (the activity, not the object) as the locus of the unknown.""The unknown is not beneath, behind or secreted within the work, the unknown is the work...This incomprehensibility... is always a contingent aesthetic act... an infinite project of reflection on not knowing.""For Heidegger, although the artist and the viewer occupy very different positions in relation to the artwork(from within and without respectively), both are drawn into a provisional and perpetual process of enquiry by art."

"Art as a form of research or a way of thinking provides the means to engage with the unknown, but it also questions the quest to know."11


"wonder is the first of all passions." by Descartes 19

wonder is encountering the unknown, is when the unknown get registered in the consciousness,

"cultivating wonder is a way of remaining open to the otherness of the other without seeking to appropriate or assimilate them." 19

"the stake is to wonder again and again without ever stopping" by Nietzsche 20

"In Kant's account of genius, he emphasizes that genius works without knowing what it is doing, insofar as no rule could be formulated in advance for producing a truly original artwork."20

"not knowing remains an essential component of what Kant describes as the most intense kind of aesthetic experience, that of the sublime. one trigger for the sublime is the encounter with something that seems infinite to us"20

* "Material intelligence implies not only human intelligence about matter, but the intelligence of matter, understood as adaptive and self-organizing." It emerges by the way "human beings always already are bodily and material beings themselves, as well as by an acceptance of not knowing that allows human intelligence about matter to be coupled with the guiding intelligence of matter."27-28

"It is the body, composed of what Jane Bennett calls a 'vital materiality,' that thinks, feels, wills, and even knows, with a complexity that far exceeds what it is possible to bring to consciousness."28

"leotard thus counsels us to future and renew the potency of infancy, the 'childhood of thought,' that remains with us in adulthood and that grants human beings a capacity to begin again, to find new ways of thinking and being."24


"theorist Estelle Barrett proposes 'the valorisation of studio practice as a mode of enquiry'"77

to me, studio is about being solitary and play. is about letting something emerge without knowing  what it may be.