© Dr Lila Moore, 2015
Werner Herzog defines the Chauvet Cave’s paintings the subject of his film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) as art in the ultimate sense of the term. He says: “It goes back to a time when there was, for example, no art market, no exhibitions, no galleries. No doubt in my heart that this is art, and it’s some of the greatest that the human race ever created, period. It can’t get any better, and it hasn’t gotten much better. That’s a great mystery”. (See: Interview) Clearly, every encounter (whether it is in print, online or on screen) with the paintings of Chauvet Cave triggers thoughts on how novelty emerges unexpectedly and evolves human consciousness and history. Despite “the abyss of time,” which according to Herzog, separate us from the early humans that created those images, we still recognize ourselves in their reflections. Images such as the Panel of the Lions that seem to externalise the beasts’ energy and focus may recall faint memories of interspecies communication which is totally alien to contemporary people. Perhaps we see ourselves reflected in the “intensity of their gaze”. Jill Tarter of SETI (Ted Talk, 2009) cites Loren Eiseley’s statement, “One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human. One day that eye may be that of an intelligent alien, and the sooner we eschew our narrow view of evolution the sooner we can truly explore our ultimate origins and destinations”.
Could these paintings that represent the birth of art and the modern human soul, unfold a primordial pattern of evolution that involves the symbiosis of hybrid eyes and intelligence? Perhaps they allow insight to a state of radical compassion through the seeing of oneself in the other? In case they were aspects of ritualistic practice, they stand as the first presentations of elaborate ritualistic art. Although, we may never have a final explanation for the Chauvet Cave’s paintings’ purpose, they clearly brought forward a transformation in consciousness.
Morphic Fields (See: Rupert Sheldrake – Morphic Fields and Cosmic Consciousness) of regions in which rituals have been practised for millennia, and where interspecies communication is involved, may retain patterns relating to evolution and emergence, which are best expressed through the creative fields. The Masterclass takes place in conjunction with a ceremony that reflects serpent rites and mythology typical of the Aegean region.
Rupert Sheldrake – Morphic Fields and Cosmic Consciousness
Master of transformations, the serpent comes in many guises. In mystical texts across various traditions, it often holds a dualistic function as the enlightening one; the opener of eyes and the leader of the way. Its wisdom is gained through a deadly initiation, in order to find the way one has to lose it first. In the Zohar, the body of writings known as the Kabbalah, there is a mythic correlation between the snake and the way, which is the path the seeker chooses to take in life. The snake reflects the dance of opposites and the way’s twofold nature, the sacredness which is above it and the impurity that lies underneath it. The tempting aspect of the way reveals the world to the seeker through impurity. Like a poisonous snake’s bite that kills, the way shutters the seeker’s internal world and annihilates the self. Still, death is not the final destination. The self will be reborn, transforming into a magnificent new being like a snake with a glistening new skin. Intriguingly, the snake of sacredness, as described in the Zohar represents the sacred powers that dwell in the divine emanations known as the ten Sephirot. 13th century kabbalistic writings regard the snake as an allegory of the Messiah. The serpent of sacredness is the emblem of the redeemer of the world.
The serpent of Delphic theology was associated with the capacity for prophecy, and the physical and mental processes of healing. The snake of Asklepios, god of healing, was the knowing one, the finder of the way. According to ancient lore, the location of a new sanctuary was guided by a snake. Nowadays, the annual feast of the Holy Snakes of Mary in the village of Markopoulo in Kefalonia, Greece recalls ancient healing rites involving humans and serpents. (See: Holy Snakes of Mary, here.)
The Masterclass, based on a technoetic theory, (See: Theory, here.) explores the shamanic and cybernetic systems of rituals that sustain transformation, and the impact of ritualistic art forms. Divided into groups, the participants engage with the island’s geographical body, serpent mythology and ceremony through daily ritual protocol and feedback. Immersion in 5 unique channels/holons of vision, sound, text, movement and intention/compassion culminates in the discovery of the group-mind’s creative DNA which is then embedded in a morphic field via a networked rite.
The outcome aims to generate compassionate interpersonal-relations and social connectivity, cultural awareness of ritual practice, amplified creativity and flexibility, and a process of study that triggers new expressions and knowledge of self/identity, world/realities, field consciousness and the embodiment of the mind. Final Product is a digital entity entitled “Morphic Field of Compassion”, embedded with group-mind DNA and field consciousness, which could be re-activated via repeated rituals.
The juxtaposition of diverse fields and practices metaphorically reflects the serpentine dance of transformation and evolution. The very act of travelling to a location where rituals will be performed is interlinked with the serpent mythology of opposites. Arriving at a place of enchantment and transformation involves a temporary clash of opposites within the self as old patterns disintegrate and from their residue new forms of matter and mind emerge. The artist, scientist, shaman, healer, technologist and creative visionary write the future on strands of consciousness embedded with DNA samples collected in-situation in the island’s field. They weave Morphic Fields of Compassion utilizing the creative DNA of their Collective Mind. This is an invitation to join the process.
Join us at The Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece
11-16 August, 2015
Deadline for applications: 31st July
We are currently offering exciting opportunities to selected artists/creatives.
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The Masterclass has been developed as part of Dr Lila Moore’s post-doctoral project at the I-Node of Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University. In this context, she devises The Cybernetic Institute for the Exploration of Technoetic Arts and Consciousness. The Masterclass is designed for artists, researchers, students, individuals and groups involved or interested in the creative fields and in the integration of art, science, technology and consciousness research.