Our huts, houses, kivas, circles, pillars, fortune bowls, art, game boards, temples, pyramids, cities, constellations, geoglyphs and graves, say much more about us that we ever knew. Structuralist analysis reveals the universal repertoire in our subconscious behaviour. The structure also says more about culture and nature than we ever knew, but had glimpsed in nature. We imprint a natural, abstract structure of five layers, including sixteen characters in sequence, on an axial grid, in all our complex artefacts. The same structure appears in the periodic table, and in reflexology points in our hands, eyes, ears, and teeth. A similar structure informs bio-chemistry and DNA. The archetypal expression in our works, in the cultural record is now readable, with significant implications for cultural crafts, and for the human sciences of art history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology and communication science.
The formerly ‘invisible’ layers of our perception and expression, or human code, now offer the opportunity to integrate the conscious and subconscious halves of crafts, sciences, and culture.
Our works re-express nature, and our place in it. Culture does not ‘come from’ any of our media, but from archetype, the potential that enables nature to express self-replicating and mutating energy. Our re-expression of archetypal structure could be named stoneprint, the human code.
Structure is never invented, developed, imitated, learned, taught, or lost, despite its moderate inherent variety, and the wide range of styling that we feel compelled to add when we claim culture for our society. We use it to claim and exploit natural resources, including places and times.
Archetype, structure, and culture existed before we did, and before the universe, and will outlive the cycles of its expression intact. We have grown into our place in nature, adding transformation and multiplication to the place that nature reserves for us.
Whether we are few, as when we built the houses illustrated in the Ice Age chapter; or many, as when we built the pyramid fields and cities illustrated in the historic chapters; we express all the core content of culture in all our media, with as much apparent variety as possible. Stylistic differences fade when the core content of culture is revealed. We all build, draw, talk, trade, count, strategise, pray and fight the same.
Stoneprint reveals the size and shape of the blinkers in our conscious perception and assumptions. This book lifts the ‘beam’ of self-deception from our works, and from our supposedly scientific eyes. The revelation starts with a testable definition of the subconscious structure in art and buildings. Then we query each esoteric craft, and each human science, on the abstract elements in culture and nature; and test the structure of 130 artworks, geoglyphs , buildings, temples, pyramid fields and cities.
We will continue designing art and buildings by intuition, but we will never see or study our works with half our brains again……… [order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage from Four Equators Media, via edmondfurter at gmail dot com ]……..