I was told during my 20s and 30s there was no chance that someone like me could have a career in music, and this perspective was reiterated by so many industry “professionals” and media outlets that I lost count. I almost gave up. Thankfully, fellow artists like Lou Reed advocated for me so intensely that I got a foothold despite the worst intentions of others. In that sense, I am one of the luckiest people in the world.
Meanwhile, from an epistemological standpoint, all these ranges oftheory about mind begin with how we observe and reason about and seekto explain phenomena we encounter in the world. And that is wherephenomenology begins. Moreover, how we understand each piece oftheory, including theory about mind, is central to the theory ofintentionality, as it were, the semantics of thought and experience ingeneral. And that is the heart of phenomenology.
photo of Edwige, Antony and Tilda Swinton NYC 2012 by Chuck Fiorello
"I want to express my sorrow at the passing of Kazuo Ohno, who died today in a hospital in Yokohama at the age of 103. He was my hero and my teacher. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet him and get a little closer to his family and his work earlier this year when we visited the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in Japan. I thank him for awakening a sense of a child inside me. I will dream of him forever, and I will search for his footsteps in the dust of life before me. I wish only for his flourishing joy." Antony
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Earlier this year, I visited the Kazuo Ohno dance studio in Yokohama, established some 60 years ago, and collaborated with Yoshito on a performance celebrating his father's life and work. At Ohno's bedside, I witnessed a surprising vitality and sensed an almost invisible movement reverberating through his elderly frame. As he lay there, his window open to reveal a cherry blossom tree and a view of Mount Fuji, I realised that Ohno had developed a creative process that was a byproduct of his spiritual practice. Yoshito told me during my visit to the studio that they aspired to total freedom in their dance, and that it emerged from a place of universal love.
HAMMER PROJECTS: ANTONY January 22nd-May 13th
The analysis of consciousness and intentionality is central tophenomenology as appraised above, and Searle’s theory of intentionalityreads like a modernized version of Husserl’s. (Contemporary logicaltheory takes the form of stating truth conditions for propositions, andSearle characterizes a mental state’s intentionality by specifying its“satisfaction conditions”). However, there is an importantdifference in background theory. For Searle explicitly assumes thebasic worldview of natural science, holding that consciousness is partof nature. But Husserl explicitly brackets that assumption, and laterphenomenologists—including Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty—seem to seek a certain sanctuary for phenomenology beyond thenatural sciences. And yet phenomenology itself should be largelyneutral about further theories of how experience arises, notably frombrain activity.
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As a teenager in 1987, I stumbled across an image of Ohno on a peeling poster in the streets of Angers in north-west France. Captivated by this mysterious portrait, I placed the picture above my bed, where it has remained to this day. As I discovered more about the artist and his work, Ohno's dance and philosophy became a source of great inspiration to me. In 2009, I featured a portrait of him on the cover of my album The Crying Light.
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Kazuo's last international performance was Requiem for the 20th Century, at the Japan Society in New York in 1999. His 101st birthday was marked by the Japan Society with a butoh festival including performances by Yoshito and an array of younger dancers.