“The primacy of perception”, we mean by that the experience of perception is our presence at the moment when things, truths, values are constituted for us, that perception is a nascent logos; that it teaches us, outside all dogmatism, the true condition of objectivity itself; That it summons us to the tasks of knowledge and action. It is not a question of reducing human knowledge to sensation, but of assisting at the birth of this knowledge, to make it as sensible as the sensible, to recover consciousness of rationality.
Mereau-Ponty (page 8-9)
We live our lives, every day repeating certain actions: waking up, taking a shower, eating, taking children to school, taking pet(s) out, going to work or going for a walk etc. And we experience the visible world where everything among us is overlooked.
We see nature, without perceiving its true condition.
With the leaves, which I have placed in two very different sites my city, I wished to make visible the kind of air I breath. Air is that element we do not look at; it is essential for our survival, yet, as Merleau-Ponty said, “we rest upon it as upon the unshakable ground of our installment in the world, without a care for that real nature…”