I was assigned to create animation according to my paper based on a specific theory I chose in Media Theory class at Savannah College of Art and Design. This work is about the further perception of a well-known oriental philosopher, Buddha. I wanted to visualize how he perceived the world and was freed from attachment.
We are dominated by our deluded thoughts about this seemingly superficial world. Our seemingly-substantial body is the spectacle that dominates our perception, according to Buddha. We always fantasize about entertainers’ and athletes’ bodies on television, the Internet, or in magazines, and want to become like them. However, the standard of beauty is a result of fabrication and is changeable. When we look at our own body, we do not think in terms of its separate elements such as blood, veins, organs and genes. We think of the body as a whole, thus we judge that this is an inherently existing organism named the body, and cling to it. We always wish for an artistic body and handsome features, and become obsessed. For Buddha, all the seemingly functional mechanisms of daily survival are unstable, impermanent and thus are always changing. Buddha found that the only way to confirm something as truly existing is to prove that it exists independently and is free of fabrication and change.
Most people’s perception of the world is a result of partial analysis. When the partial analysis gives us a comfortable answer that we want, we do not go beyond that. Buddha encouraged people to see the reality of our existence. My work visualizes what he realized in motion graphics, Further Perception.