The Golden Mean: The state of In-Between
In Ancient Greek Philosophy, especially that of Aristotle, the Golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency.
For example, in the Aristotelian view, Courage is a virtue, but if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness, and, in deficiency, cowardice.
Gautam Buddha taught of the middle way, a path between the extremes of religious asceticism and worldly self-indulgence.
Confucious taught excess is similar to deficiency. A way of living in the mean is the way of life.
Our Histories and cultures have always talked about the state of in-between, and this is what the students explored though their art works, while working with our Mentor Sumedh Rajendran.
The second day of our workshop began at 10:30 am on 23rd October 2016. Everyone quickly resumed their works that they had started in the previous session.
The participants were required to cut and paste their works on three sheets of corrugated paper, in order to make the drawings free-standing.
Cutting and pasting sounded a bit too easy than it actually was. Our Mentor was constantly guiding them through all the technical hurdles.
By 4 pm everyone was ready with their works, and now it was time for installation. Two pillars were prepared on which works were to be nailed. Some of the works were free standing.
By 5pm, the perfect balance was struck by each one of them, it was evident in their works.