Lilian Kolster’s Peace Pipe artwork expresses all five layers of archetype, and about 60% of known recurrent features in their standard places; as all complex artworks do. General themes in this artwork include types 2c Basket, 3 Queen, and 4 King; these three are typical of woven texture, instruments, containers, arm-links, long necks, a queen, spring, school, birds, and furnace. Life forms and processes teach insight into underlying natural patterns.
Kuba Ambrose and Vera Atlantia's Rainbow tribe artwork of ayahuasca or DMT trancers in Eden, expresses two concentric cycles of characters, with their eyes on two axial grids, nested in one another. This subconscious expression of archetype is rich in semantic (contextual), semiotic (core meaning) and spatial connections and coherence; for which it sacrifices some individual differentiation among the characters. Archetype guides natural, inherent order in all art styles; in built sites; and in several other media once thought to have been 'invented' or 'developed' or 'evolved'. Culture re-expresses natural structure.
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.
Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (Edmond Furter, 2016, Four Equators Media, 400 pages, 170mm x 295mm, 130 illustrations) resolves the mysteries of correspondences between ancient cultures. The book reveals the core content and 'grammar' or 'DNA' of culture. We have an innate subconscious compulsion to express a specific, complex, archetypal set of features, in sequence, and on an axial grid, in all our works.
The range of views in popular anthropology could be summarised as a list of hypotheses on where culture comes from. Some views gain dominance in turn, each imposing its paradigm on science or culture, or both. Nature, gods, heroes, ancestors, evolution, technology, Phoenicians, subconscious, secret societies, aliens, mutants, astronomy, drugs, trance, or a super race?
The building blocks of culture are the five abstract layers, like the building blocks of nature are elements, their properties, combinations, and reactions; from indestructible electrons to fragile self-replicating creatures. Our replications or ‘creations’ are equally over-determined.
It requires a high population density, specialization, and specialized equipment to turn visions into theory, and tests, and results, applications, technology, production, sales, and profit. Without all these enablers, new knowledge would gain little currency, and remain ‘secret’. Most people, including scientists, see the maturity cycle of material culture as ‘evolution’ in cognitive ability or consciousness, which it is not
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)... Continue Reading →
The primary natural expression of structure is in speciation (Tressider 1999). A lion is a lion, a bull is a bull, expressing coherent clusters of attributes. Some animals are universally recognised as archetypes. The animal kingdom offers analogies to other natural features (weather,... Continue Reading →