Minhui Fan

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Xiamen ︎︎︎London
Interior & visual designer, who focus on communication and experience.



"A rose is a rose is a rose" - An exploration into essence

When I ask you, "What's this?"
How will you answer me? Is your answer completely comprehensive? Does everyone have the same answer to the same thing?
It is obvious that each of us has a different understanding of the same thing, but once the inherent impression exists, it is difficult for us to escape this impression and think about such things in multiple dimensions.

Essence is a huge topic, so I chose roses as an experimental example, using Hegel’s "Essentialism" to guide to explore the essence outside the stereotype with multi-dimensional thinking.

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If you want to cite a flower with the most noble status and the most prosperous meaning in the history of literature, I believe that the rose is a less controversial choice. Since the Renaissance, the rose has been a frequent visitor in European literature. It is pure and transparent, and ambiguous. It is the sacrifice of desperate love and the pain of stinging love. As the incarnation of "beauty", the rose has been closely connected with a series of philosophical issues, such as the dispute between nominalism and realism, and the signifier and signifier of language since the Middle Ages. I got inspiration from Gertrude Stein's poem "A rose is a rose is a rose", which is intended to evoke all the images and emotions associated with it by simply calling out the names of things. People's cognition of roses not only stays at this thing, but also gives roses a multi-dimensional meaning that transcends time and space. But when the stereotype took over, the rose lost its identity, so I chose to use the rose as an example to reduce my inherent knowledge of the rose to zero, and try to restore its identity through the rose itself.

At the same time, I tried to use Hegel's logic of Essentialism to guide my research. I combined his theory with Mustafa Cemal's understanding of Essentialism, and summarized it into three stages.

Essence in the Essentialism

I discuss the essence itself in the theory of essence from the perspective of objective logic, which means we can only recognize it through its appearance and expression.Based on the development theory of cognition in the field of philosophy, I interviewed the public for their understanding of objects like "roses", which is indirect. I hope that through the different impressions of the outside world, a relatively complete rose appearance can be superimposed. During my interview, most of the interviewees did not directly answer the word "rose", but described it through imagery words such as short branch, my lover, red and white. And these images originated from the pictures shown by the interviewee and indirectly helped me piece together a multi-dimensional rose.

(Part of the interview)


Proving the existence of itself

Then, according to Hegel's mention in the theory of essence: The truth of being is essence. Leading to the second stage: proving the existence of essence itself, which is straightforward. Plus, combined with ancient English "riddle poems", letting Rose explain her own riddle poems is a new and interesting form of creating riddle poems.

-  An Exploration of Individual Composition in Existence Field

This is an exploration about the form of the rose in the natural environment when it is not perceived by others. I collect sounds by recording the day of the rose. Sound is transmitted through vibration, and perception cannot be turned off. Sound is a reminder of being alive. It is the only expression that is not perceived by others but persists. I hide the camera and microphone in the flowers to prevent pedestrians from finding it. Then, without disturbing the growth of the rose, a one-week record was started, collecting the things that the rose would experience in a day under normal conditions.

-  An Exploration in Process Field

The first Rose in Stein’s poem is the name of a woman, so the sentence is often interpreted as: just calling out the name of the thing, Can evoke all the images and emotions associated with it. Those of us who have gone through more than six hundred years of "Rose Poems" will certainly remember that "Rose" is the name of the rose and the shadow of the rose. It is the mutual excitement and prolonged reverberation of the "rose nature" in all languages. The ultimate potential of the thing of roses is a rose, and it is all roses. So I went deep into its body to collect more pure rose sounds and images.



Reflection on Cognizing Essence

"Only by thinking about [gedacht] can the relationship of existence be established, because it is different from the subject in these interrelationships." In the realm of essence, reflection enters the scene as a logically and causally independent category.

I tried to break the original auditory and visual cognition, and express the rose ontology and the appearance of the rose from the auditory dimension at the same time.

In fact, we cannot define the essence, we can only approach it infinitely. However, we can  close to essence of a thing through its different appearances and in the process of its passing over from nothing to thing and again to nothing, by the activity of our thought's reflective activity. Fortunately, such reflection is continuous of.