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Stoneprint confirms rock art structure

Prof Emmanuel Anati (2004) had noted a combination of innate compulsion, and communicative development in rock art, linked to economic complexity levels. However he also noted that some stylistic elements seemed cyclic.
Anati’s challenge to the World Archive of Rock Art (WARA) was ambitious;
“The study of patterns in the grammar and syntax of prehistoric art, in worldwide documentation… of complete assemblages. Single figures, like single words, do not allow interpretation of cognitive process.”

Anati had called for:

• Global rock art data;
• Separated into five economic phases;
• Distinction between figurative, symbolic, geometric, and psychogram figures;
• Identification of the grammar, syntax, or structure of composition;
• Identification of common environmental, historic, and cosmic components.
Stoneprint answers Anati’s call, and demonstrates that:
• Art and rock art share the same core content;
• Illiterate cultures and literate civilisations express the same core content in visual and other media, including myth, ritual, and buildings;
• Economic phases are irrelevant to the core content of culture;
• Figurative characters and abstract ‘signs’ are interchangeable (as Anati had also found);
• The syntax, grammar, and structure of composition is a complex universal standard, of five layers;
• Environmental and historic components in art are unreliable;
• Cosmic components in art are inevitable (as Gombrich had found), and innate, thus subconscious;
• Innate compulsion drives cultural expression of archetypal structure, irrespective of theme or culture;
• Communication by means of art is unreliable, even in the artist’s own culture;
• Visual communication in artistic format did not develop, but remains confined to subconscious ‘meanings’, as it was in the Ice Age;
• Styling is cyclic, and mutates by fashion or fads;
• Assemblages, panels, or groups of characters, contain five layers of visual, grammar, syntax, and compositional structure. Single characters or groups of less than eleven, express some archetypes, which are difficult to demonstrate without the context of the standard subconscious ‘composition’;
• Art and other media reveal subconscious cognition. Conscious processes are of minor importance to most cultural media, such as art, myth, ritual, and architecture, since artists could explain only their own conscious rationalisations, of visible themes, and of styling.
There is only one art, and one culture, and we did not invent, design, or develop it. Culture, its media, and its artefacts, are shaped by the natural order of things that precede things. We re-express that order in our works, and thus transform materials into artefacts, as well as into universal structure. Culture is a natural given, just as the periodic table, chemistry, DNA, technology, ecology, and economy manifest themselves, and mutate to their own dictates, and maturity cycles, and interactions with other, equally structured media (what Gunderson labels ‘panarchical discourse’). Conscious thought and free will are overrated, while our subconscious minds and behaviour are underrated in the cultural record………….[order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage from Four Equataors Media, via edmondfurter at gmail dot com using Paypal ]……….

By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014, Lulu.com), to demonstrate five layers of recurrent features in 200 artworks of all cultures and Ages, revealing the archetypal core content of culture. His second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (2016, Four Equators Media), expands demonstrations of the subconscious expression of archetypal structure to houses, temples, monuments, pyramid fields, geoglyphs, villages, cities and regions. The same structure also appears in mythology, such as Babylonian building rituals; and in reflexology points in our hands and irises, thus in nature. Stoneprint also demonstrates that the periodic table is a kind of natural 'culture', and that culture is a natural 'species' of behaviour. The structure in our works is as rigorous as grammar or DNA.
The books Mindprint, and Stoneprint, and editions of the structuralist anthropology periodical, Stoneprint Journal (some of which are available on Lulu.com), draw on extensive research in iconography, archaeology, history, esoterica, astronomy, art history and structuralist anthropology, spanning 26 years.
The core content of culture includes about 100 recurrent features of the sixteen main types, their sequence, five polar markers, and a time-frame orientation, that nature, individuals and societies subconsciously and compulsively express in all media. The mindprint or stoneprint model of structuralist anthropology has several major implications for all the human sciences, and offers a theoretical bases for a holistic approach to the study of the cultural record. Edmond Furter works as a freelance researcher and editor in Johannesburg.
Order the book Mindprint at $30, or the book Stoneprint at $30, or editions of Stoneprint Journal at $5, plus postage, on edmondfurter at gmail dot com; or Mindprint, or Stoneprint Journal editions on Lulu.com

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