I am reminded that this is an electronic project that attempts to open new circuits between Paleolithic cave art, indigenous rock art, and urban graffiti; and to show that all these projections are from the same creative psyche.
On the surface, it looks as if Paleolithic cave art has been over millennia simplified from complex symbols into signs that point to aspects of tribal life. But this is like saying that haiku is attenuated Shakespeare. In their own way, both are complex. Actually, indigenous rock art may be more complex than its precursor, in that its signs are an index of symbolically endowed lifeways.
Alexander Marshak suggested that Paleolithic artists used animals "to explain the processes that are human, including human pregnancy and birth, dreams, trance, death, and so on." My first thought was: We were still close to when we, too, were animals, so they were still central to our imagination, and thus mythology. Don’t therianthropes prove this? Then I thought: Perhaps, instead, we used animals as stand-ins because we were just getting to know the extent of our innovative mind. If so, we were not in awe of powerful animals, but of ourselves!
long marches, our ancestors colonized the planet, carrying with
of years of evolution that led to the emergence of various