Imagine walking into a vast supermarket. Rows of long shelves filled with countless products. You’re searching for the specific item, when suddenly you realize that the commonly known system of categorization doesn’t apply in this space. It greatly complicates your search. You go through the jungle of objects feeling completely lost, as its logic does not seem to correspond to your expectations and previous experiences. Finally, you’ve reached your target. You open the wrapping just to see that the package doesn’t match with its contents.
You have purchased a non-existing object.
Suddenly, you experience the misty feeling of uncertainty, almost as if you would find yourself in limbo, transgressing the present state of how things are. Instead, you are somewhere in between of what you already know and what is blurred, foggy and unknown.
This jungle feels like the color green.
Uncertainty makes the human look small in the vastness of its environment.
Look around you.
What kind of relations apply in this space?
Is there something alien to you?
Did you make sense of your experience?
What is inside the space and what stays outside?
Why are you even here?
Non-existences are based on the concept of Meinong's jungle, where non-existing entities such as unicorns, a pegasus or square circles are given some sort of state of being. They don’t appear in the physical realm of objects, but through the simple act of thought, they exist in their own, possible worlds.
Join the bonfire in the middle of the jungle, imagine and debate the counterpoints to what is, contrasted with what was and speculating on what could be.
Counter Point at DesignMarch 2019, curated by Thomas Pausz & Erik Deluca.