Visual Discourse as Interface: Artopology

    Just like – paraphrasing Harald Szeemann’s famous remark – “attitudes can become form” (“When Attitudes Become Form”), contexts can also be part of the same visual paradigm.
    In “Artopologia” (Artopology), we have aimed at a sort of transfer in the very first place: from the artistic context to that of research, by turning the exhibition venue into a real anthropology lab, “Laboratorium”: the team of antropologists at the “Francisc J. Rainer” Center for Anthropological Research of the Romanian Academy was lead by Dr. Cornelia Guja, Călin Dolcoș and Lăcrămioara Mureșan and had
    “Bioenergetic halo of bodies” as a theme for research and presentation.
    The visual discourse was present as an interface. The conversion of information of a different nature into visual information as well as the visualizing of the halo of bodies by the researchers at the Anthropological Institute involved highlighting this individual pattern.
    The subtle corporeality of thin matter or “being of light” appeals to the entire iconographic tradition, to Bizantine and Medieval art, to Pre-Renaissance, to Far East representations.
    The halo, described by Bachelard as “the spirit becoming ever more conscious about its light”, makes a second vision possible and is manifested as an anthropological pattern.
    “The moment is not far when, by using brain bio-currents, we will be able to control computers by thought. All of this is possible since the electric phenomenon, to which we owe the human body halo, is a part of the essence of the matter, both the living and the dead one. The next step is but obvious: the connection between our body’s electric phenomena and the unsubstantial aspects of human lives: emotional experience, consciousness, cultural phenomena” (Cornelia Guja).
    Anthropological comments on the images of the human body halo, in the framework of the exhibition, can be read as meta-discourses, whereas intertextuality can be seen as a net where both visual and text-related contexts converge.
    The visual discourse of the halo, aura, nimbus, with multiple points of view to be considered (anthropological, artistic, informational, physical, communicational, topological, mystical), also stands for a commentary on a visual auto-representation.

    2META, Bucharest, 2001


    Visual Discourse as Interface: Energo-informational Aspects of the Aura

    Keywords: archetype, information, informational aura, interface, communication, variability

    The purpose of this presentation is the familiarization of those interested with an universe of information revealed by means of separate, coexisting archetypal shapes captured through electrographic images, in order to explain the function of the adaptive, integrating interface of the human body aura. The underlying motivation is achieving an understanding of the intricacy of human beings and their ways of interacting, through information, in the context of the great diversity of the social, natural and cosmic environment.

    The research technique we have employed is original, and is suitable for the study of the radiative fields of bodies. The research was conducted through electrography (EG), which allows the testing of the aura of objects situated within a field generated by a sole, high-voltage (4-35 kV), low intensity (1-15 mA), positive or negative unipolar signal of triangular shape with sharply rising curve (15-30 microseconds) and slowly descendant curve (100-500 microseconds). The images have been captured on radiologic films placed on the electrograph glass screen and in the radiative fields of the examined bodies.

    The initial hypothesis was that radiologic film was able to capture, by means of the instantaneous electrographic technique, the informational structure of radiative fields present in the vicinity of bodies.

    The methods used for analysis purposes were comparison, analogy and complementarity, as well as the similarity of EG signals. The materials to be studied were palmar, plantar and frontal electrography of human subjects, as opposed to electrography performed on non-living, living and dead bodies.

    Note: In order to achieve the highest grade of accuracy in describing the results obtained by EG research in our informational vision, we have decided to introduce a series of terms and phrases by appealing to both analogies and similarities through transdisciplinary extrapolation.

    Brief glossary and concepts:
    Archetype – model, initial shape, common pattern to be found at different organizational levels.

    The EG image records traces, pattern prints that constantly repeat themselves and correspond to certain encoding, certain patterns of informational archetypes that help us decipher Aura characteristics.

    Informational aura is an informed radiative field with quantum information that we have coined as “informones” as elementary carriers. These have a range of different archetypal shapes, going from simple to complex. For each archetype there is a specific encoding, and the aura is structured on informational complexity levels, starting with the globular archetype, followed by the fan-shaped one, the floral and so on. The aura coexists with the “substance” containing the atoms as “carriers” and with the energy field containing energy quantum as “carriers”. To each aura level there corresponds a certain encoding based on a certain archetype.

    The aura – resulting from the radiative fields of a certain body – carries encoded archetypal messages containing information on the degree of natural evolution of that body. In the aura, the shape of force lines generates the possible type of dynamics, of informational metabolism.

    The level of interfaces is given by the intricacy of interactions within the aura of a body: interface level “1” corresponds to the level of the body surface, while the superior level interfaces correspond to levels of interaction resulting from the interference with other bodies’ auras.

    The interaction as a process of communication takes place at the body interface, at different complexity levels, through the auras. EG images demonstrate the existence of a type of communication established through informational archetypal codes specific to interfaces.

    The hand defines and expresses the human being through its communication and integration potentialities. It is a creative tool complementary to the creative activity of the brain, an informational archetypal expression of the human being, defined in terms of polarity, complementarity and symmetry/asymmetry. The topological organization implies both an anatomic organization and a functional one.
    This describes the structural complexity corresponding to the physiology of organs, subject to the law “the function creates the organ”, determining a specific shape corresponding to that function. The archetypes present in the aura can be easily recognised in the shape of the organs. The Romanian anatomopathologist Francisc J. Rainer (1874-1944) underlined the diagnostic value of the shape of organs, defining anatomy as “the science of living shapes”.

    Results and conclusions

    From the results of the experiments presented a knowledge on the structuring of informed radiative fields is obtained and some fundamental models of structuring can be identified – informational archetypes. The comparative study of global images obtained in the electropositive and electronegative field demonstrate the presence of a complementarity phenomenon in the polarized structuring of auras.

    The diversity of shapes is connected to the characteristics of the body-substrate electromagnetic interaction. Interaction, as a process of communication, takes place at the interface of bodies, through the auras, at different complexity levels. EG images demonstrate the existence of a type of communication that is performed through informational archetypal codes specific to interfaces.

    Informational polarization at the level of the integral radiative field is found in the complementary polarization perceived at the level of streamers suggesting a fractal law of informational structuring of the aura.  The variability of EG signals within these experiments stresses the specificity of the radiative field of bodies. This depends on the body and context in which it has been studied, especially in the case of glass substrate and graphite in the air. The complexity of the informational aura is induced by the tendency of structuring and organizing archetypes in radiative fields in the basis of fractal laws.

    The EG prints we have recorded carry informational archetypal shapes associated to the processes going on within the aura, processes that are isomorphic to the informational ones. The floral archetype represents a complex form of the ramified, globular pattern, generating thus a wide array of shapes that are connected to the characteristics of the interaction between bodies with diverse substrates.

    Călin Dolcoș