IMAGO DEI

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(“Imago Dei” or “Image of God” – a theological term that expresses the symbolic relation between God and mankind. The term has its roots in Genesis 1:27, where “God created man in his image…” According to a broader meaning that can be inferred, this also refers to the self-actualization of the divinity through mankind or the manifestation of the divinity through mankind.)

Strange scenes projected during the night on the bedroom window. Human and monster silhouettes reflected the figures of myths and legends that were still unknown to me. The street lights played with the shadows of the two big pine trees in the garden, penetrated through the wooden window shutters, refracted gorgeously on the window curtain that was flowing lightly back and forth, playing with the imagination and fears of my childhood. I cannot remember whether it happened more during the winter or summer nights, but even with the cracking of the old wooden floor, I imagined steps of strange creatures that stirred around the bed. Sometimes it took too much bravery to step on the wooden floor, even to go to the washroom… Now I see divided into three parts the reason why I did not want to sleep in my parents’ or sister’s room: First, because I had to be brave, second, because I constantly hoped that the scenes of the following night would be less scary and, third, because that request would have deprived me of the privilege of recalling such important events today.

But what were those fears and imaginations: a state of childhood transition which preceded the world of art, legend and mythology, or visual memeplexes (The term was coined by the British biologist Richard Dawkins (1967). It originates from the term “meme”: ideas, behaviors, styles which people convey and absorb through culture; thus, a memeplex represents a unit of cultural transmission, analogous to the biological gene.) conveyed in a yet unknown form? Perhaps both of them! I lived for half a century and only now I was reminded of them all. A bit late, but I remember and value them now, as now I can appreciate the world of art which culminates in the past with human childhood. I say “culminates,” as prehistoric art dominates with the dimension of time; it is still inexplicable and too good to be true. The symbol and the performance have no chance “to abandon” that time!

It seems as if one needs to reach a certain age so that human egoism can be shaped into the individual character, have a meaning and be deserved. It seems that one needs a life experience to realize his feeling of the biogenetic law (A biological hypothesis, according to which the development of the individual from embryo toward his full growth represents and resembles stages of development of his species, that is, from his first great grandfathers and so on.), to feel like a monad of the universe, a brief and quick dignified individual representation of the history of mankind. The divine principle can neither be simulated nor claimed ahead of time.

Luckily, we live in the middle of created (The existence of “created realities” by mankind is often treated by theorists of hyper-reality as an exclusivity of the developed capitalist period, i.e. of technology and development, which according to them generate for the first time what we could call “self-sufficient mankind”.) realities. This has been evident for 4000 years with the history of ziggurats, art works and monuments aimed at the heights of the sky under the “Imago Dei” model, with all the egoism and passions so visibly discovered nowadays by the technology of civilization. If in fact we crave to see its full and intact beauty, this situation has been evolving for 40000 years with products and works of art, without which the history of created realities would be very deficient. I take advantage of the artist’s commodities in this environment: I imagine the tableau of our life where the past and the future flourish endlessly, here and now, through the Universe reflected in a very modest map; I find the equally modest human conditions over 15 billion years of space-time deciphered up to now, and I do not hesitate to voice what next I fear: When the postmodern philosophy of hyper-reality speculates with the reasoning that now “it is the map that generates the territory (The term relates to the reference Baudrillard made to the history of cartographers by Borges and the concept of “simulation”, which according to Baudrillard is no longer a referential reality, but a production through “models of a real with no origin and reality.”),” then I am afraid that the divine principle has been distorted by being simulated and claimed in too much of a rush!

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