Lately, I have been preoccupied with understanding the influence of symbolic consciousness and the arts.
In an introduction to a recent essay called "The Symbolic Universe" I explain, "Symbols pervade our unconscious and conscious minds. To explore the possibility of a “symbolic universe” - a continuum representing not only what we experience as concrete reality but also what we imagine in the abstract - symbols represent a short hand form of communication. In other words, our brain sees symbols before we make sense of what they represent."
For neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, “Symbols serve as a simplifying stand-in for something complex. (A rectangle of cloth with stars and stripes represents all of American history and values.) And this is very useful. To see why, start by considering basic language—communication without a lot of symbolic content.”
The idea of iSymbolic is to make images, many of the them quite pedestrian in content, and reduce them down to visual cues (forms such as dots, lines, and shapes) that the mind readible recognizes. Made with an iPhone camera and digitally altered, the images attempt to strip away conditioned or or “mimetic” ways of experiencing the things we see. In the symbolic form, the images are in ways condensed and placed in the negative to emphasize abstractions such as found in a dot, line, or shape. Symbolically, the images in iSymbolic stand in not only for “things” but for “thoughts.” Ultimately, the objects we are accustomed to viewing through a “normal” lens on life will become transformed through states of symbolic consciousness.
The circle is a core building block of symbolic language.
In this image of a chair, the iSymbol reduces a common
sign into the abstract shape representing a circle.
as a series of lines.
elements for earth, air, water and fire or north, south, east