Below are previous posts on architecture

University Hospital Public Art :: Under Construction

by Thomas Cummins

My first video taken on an iPad is of this public art project I’m doing for the University Health System. The video is of the parking garage wayfinding. There are ten levels to the parking garage and each level is a certain color and theme so patients can remember where they parked their car. The […]

Heidegger & Art

by Thomas Cummins

In his essay ‘The Origin of the Work of Art,’ Heidegger noticed that all artworks have a thingly character to them. But it is also obvious that art is something more than simply just a thing. Heidegger insists that artworks are different from useful equipment-type objects because artworks “in setting up a world, sets forth […]

Subject as Object

by Thomas Cummins

“Even though the individual might presume s/he is somehow special, s/he needs verification in the real world – either by another person or by an object that somehow reflects his/her specialness (like a trophy or a car for example.) So when one person meets another person for the first time, there is a fight for […]

The Gaze

by Thomas Cummins

“I see only from one point but, in my existence, I am looked at from all sides. We imagine that we are forever being watched in the way Santa Clause and God always seem to be looking over our shoulder. Indeed, as Sartre has told us before, God is merely the concept of the Other […]

Portraits of Reflection

by Thomas Cummins

  Descartes’ search for a universal language as well as a certainty grounded within the self has now found a home within the artistic nature of Existentialism. Kierkegaard’s dual authorships, as original models for Existentialism, have been rejuvenated today in contemporary expressions of dialogism as well as autopathography. In particular, the recent proliferation of autopathography, […]