Personally, I have difficulty dealing with bookish, dense, non-contextualized language... like Kant.  And, unlike many scholars who claim that working and thinking are two separate activities, I prefer to think through working.  I understand best when I make stuff… when I re-conceptualize.  Moreover, I seemingly suffer from an ‘insistent proclivity’ toward a particular kind of (auto) ethnographic surrealism. 

I like colliding, contrasting, montage-ing various forms of communication into new parallel modes of performative understanding.  I want to wake folks up to the potential of VISUAL writing - because it is simply too rich to ignore.  Indeed, communication studies is stunted, because it has privileged of the word since it’s inception… but in fact, all this was going on well before Kant… right on down to Plato.  In my opinion, addressing this deficiency this will help all understanding.

So…. after plowing through Kant’s reading three times, I went to bed, and slept on it.  The next morning, I began to scheme ways of positioning Kant into a more inclusive, sensorial (con)text.  I chose the comic book approach, simply because that very notion is so anathema to heavy-duty philosophy.  And because comics shock, demystify and engage the reader differently.  

Then I decided to use images from Kant’s era.  All these paintings were created while Kant was alive.  I also chose Bach… then Mozart… and then Beethoven for the audio… they too spanned Kant’s lifetime; though I often wonder how much Kant actually saw or heard of the incredible exploding world around him.  Kant never traveled more than 40 miles from his home during his life. 

….Regardless, I mixed it all together, and made this very quick and easy graduate studies presentation... an approach which, frankly, few in class appreciated or understood.   And so it goes.     

Metaphysics of Morals   2007  (8:00)