Tom Cheetham The White Heat of Reality: A Lecture on Our Creative Primitivism
Stanley Diamond said that the archaic sense of total immersion in the full range of being is common to the peoples of non-technological cultures, to artists and to mystics. They share a heightened awareness of the uniqueness of the individual thing which "commands a focus on the singularity of the object to such a degree that everything seems at once marvelous, strange, familiar and unexpected. No category can exhaust such an object; it saturates the perceiving subject." The artist shares a focus on the individual object with the ordinary man, "but for him the object has become incandescent. He is perpetually recovering his primitivism."
The experience of the "satured object" and the need for a perpetual recovery of the full range of our experience of the world occupy a central place in the account of the imagination that will be developed in this workshop. We will expand our exploration by considering various understandings of creative imagination in the works of Henry Corbin, C.G. Jung, and James Hillman. Our aim will be to recapture the reality of our world through as expansive and active an exercise of the imagination as possible.
Tom Cheetham, Ph.D, is the author of 4 books on Henry Corbin and the implications of his work for our understanding of ourselves and the world; the most recent is All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings (2012, North Atlantic Books). He compiled the Bibliography of Archetypal Psychology for James Hillman's Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account and is editing On Melancholy, a collection of Hillman's seminars on the meaning of depression in modern society. He lectures frequently in Europe and the US.
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Salt Lake City, UT 84109
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