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Second Nature Exhibition

Clear Water Bay Peninsula North

Second Nature borrows from American philosopher John Mcdowell’s conceptualisation of a “second nature” in human beings. Second nature consists of conceptual capacities built upon instincts. Mcdowell contends that the development of these capabilities is facilitated by one’s society. Second nature involves the enhancement of one’s autonomy, and it requires accumulation of experiences. This feature sets second nature apart from first, primal nature. Artists, as highly autonomous individuals, appeal not only to collective experience but also intuition and nature in order to explore humans and their inner selves, and their relationship with the outside world. The creation of art requires the combination of human imagination and capability of thinking so as to engage in endless creation.