Saturday, July 02, 2011

Transcendental Art : Entoptic forms

Conventional art is based on perception of outside world (material objects), whereas entoptic (or transcendental) art is generated by inner world (nervous system) and represents different types of subjective visual phenomena.

Entoptic art is psychosomatic in nature and comes out of oneself - namely from the psyche of participating observer.

Interestingly enough, the very first art form on the planet was ‘kick started’ by taking psychoactive ingredients in the diet of the first artists.

“Lewis-Williams and Dowson brought forward the original thesis that Paleolithic art is inspired by subjective visual phenomena, seen and depicted by shamans or spiritual men and women during altered states of consciousness.”

T. McKenna’s “Stoned Ape Theory” is also closely related to this entopic phenomena.

Entoptic forms are created (and perceived) by means of altering a state of consciousness of the observer. A good analogy would be a psychedelic drug. Another good example – a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli in the mind of the observer. In other words, these art forms are created out of neurological makeup of the observer, inside the head, responding to external stimuli.

Since entoptic art is a self made, self generated type of art, it is relevant to mention: the better is the observer’s imagination; the richer is the art experience.

Entoptic phenomena is related to the ‘Observer’s Paradox’ principle from quantum physics. (It has been proven that conscious act of observation changes behavior of the observed object.) So, I assert that in entoptic trance observation equals creation.

As more people become interested in exploring personal psyche, ‘right brain’ technologies and gather more accurate understanding of how a human mind works – the creation of new diverse psychoactive stimuli will follow.

Just as with all thoughts and feelings of humankind, the original entoptic creations are stored in the planet’s noosphere (collective consciousness layer) and can be easily accessed through an appropriate stimuli. Note: stimuli dont have to be only psychoactive drugs, they can be physical devises like the dream machine lamp (mentioned above), sense deprivation tanks (Dr. Lilly's), holotropic breathwork, and other techniques to achieve alternative state of consciousness.
For example, famous shamanic paintings of Pablo Amaringo for me are just physical 3D ‘copies’ of the non-physical entopic art forms he mentally created/experienced with the help of ayahuasca stimuli.

Eventually, when the mainstream culture finally moves on from the current ‘material’ worldview paradigm to a more spiritual perception of reality (2012?), the notion of ‘art’ will also acquire a spiritually deeper meaning.

The new entoptic art paradigm will be mankind's rediscovery of the original psychedelic roots of art itself.

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