Thursday, July 06, 2006

On the Plastic Nature

"In one respect, as Cudworth points out, Plastic Nature is a summation of all the laws of motion. At the same time he conceives it as having substance, as being some kind of spirit which carries out its functions unconsciously. Plastic Nature therefore has affinities with the Platonic anima mundi. The hypothesis of Plastic Nature also entails a teleological principle, which accounts for the design and purpose in the natural world. Plastic nature enables Cudworth to account for the providential ordering of the universe without falling into the trap of occasionalism. For by it he explains God's immanence in the world, without requiring immediate divine intervention in the minutiae of day-to-day operations in the natural world."

Back at Balconia, Sam Renseiw re-arranged the home summer set-up, introducing practical plastic nature. Most props on sale at IKEA, the complete staging for under 450 DkKr.-, including the artificial orchid. View the ambient assemblage by clicking here or click on the PS Vallö Vandkande artefact above. (patafilm #213, 00'53'', 3.8 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version here)