Tacit: An Introduction

From how to tie a knot, catch a ball, play an instrument or navigate
the complexities of human interaction, tacit knowledge is deeply
rooted in how we navigate and discover meaning in our lives.

 
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Tacit

"To know more than we can tell."
- Michael Polanyi
 

In our inaugural issue, we uncover the essence and expression of tacit. Tacit refers to knowledge that is implicitly understood but difficult to articulate. From how to tie a knot, catch a ball, play an instrument or navigate the complexities of human interaction, tacit knowledge is deeply rooted in how we navigate and discover meaning in our lives. 

In many ways, tacit is an exploration into the unvoiced intimations that underpin the human psyche. It is about "know[ing] more than we can tell"; the glimmer of the mystical that underpins intimacy, familiarity, identity and belonging. If the value and purpose of life is connection, tacit can be understood as the texture of the essential that frames and gives meaning to the relationships we make. It is the inarticulate familiarity of a partner's face, the wordless empathy between strangers and the complexities of emotional cognition and intuition that drive interpersonal growth and decay. 

More than that, however, tacit alludes to the simultaneous mystery and profundity of the sensorial. Sight, sound, scent, taste and touch communicate much more that we recognise or indeed can articulate. Whether it be the flutter of fabric that arouses desire, the painful familiarity of lilac that incites longing, or the time-honed movement of brush to canvas that develops into creative energy and intuition, it is undoubtable that the enigmatic unspoken flows through who we are and all we do.



Words Chynna Lao
Image Calvin Wang

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