happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount
likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually fol. by to).
acknowledging the incidental
"beauty demands, perhaps, the slavish imitation of what is indeterminable in things."
adorno, g.; tiedemann, r.; hullot-kentor, r. in aesthetic theory
this work is an inquiry into the incidental: that over which we have little control, the overlooked aspects of our everyday environment. as a architect, designer, maker-of-things, one can create a construct- physically or metaphysically, but before one even begins, the forces of the incidental, have begun to act upon it. we may strive for eternal control, but often the most beautiful moments are those which occur unexpectedly.
aspects of the incidental
time: the inescapable truth. whatever we do, create, think exists within, and inevitably changes, with time.
intuition: the duality between intuition and logic is unavoidable, but often discounted perhaps because of the unmeasurable nature of this relationship.
accident: the unintentional and unplanned contribute further layers in the emergence of beauty.
an awareness of the incidental enriches experience and contributes to a deeper understanding of our environment and our actions upon it. overlooking these aspects leads to unstable things and ideas and paranoid control.
a japanese sentiment:
“the most precious thing in life is uncertainty”
Kenko (c. 1283-1350), “Essays in Idleness"