As part of our examination process, we have the task of organising and presenting our work effectively for exhibition and dissemination, in an appropriate sophisticated form. We are doing this in the form of an end of year exhibition.
During informal discussions about our exhibition, I suggested that we needed an unusual word that people would not automatically know and the example I used was the name of my fellow Masters’ student Gareth Sleightholme’s blog:
Apoheinia is “the perception of connections and meaningfulness in unrelated things.”
Gareth then proclaimed that his current favourite unusual word was “Dasein”; this is a German word that means “being there”.
Philosopher Martin Heidegger is heavily linked with the concept of “Dasein”, which he appropriates for his reconceived notion of human existence in the world.
In existentialism “Dasein” is being “in a concrete and historically determinate situation that limits or conditions choice. Humans are therefore called Dasein (“there being”) because they are defined by the fact that they exist, or are in the world and inhabit it.” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/152062/Dasein
The notion of having a place in the world is something that fits quite well with the situation we find ourselves in as MA students. We are choosing to conduct our enquiries in a diverse range of disciplines, in order to realise our potential and establish reasons for our choices in our lives and in our practices. Our exhibition is a chance for us to stand by those choices and state publicly our right to be there, wherever that may be personally and professionally. This is the reason that as a group we decided to brand our exhibition under the title of “Dasein” and for the viewing public to fully understand our individual exhibits, there is a requirement of attendance or being there.
As a result of this decision, I produced 3 possible logos which can be seen below:
Each of us had the opportunity to produce a logo and eventually a group decision was made to combine one of my attempts with an attempt by Gareth Sleightholme, the final result can be seen below: