Welcome to 'Dig(g)That Pic (PIC)'

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""The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions
and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." Kubrick, 1970"


1 Definitions

Dig or digg

1 To learn or discover by careful research or investigation: "dug up the evidence"; "dug out the real facts".

2 Slang
a. To understand fully: "Do you dig what I mean?"
b. To like, enjoy, or appreciate: "They really dig our music and, daddy, I dig swinging for them" (Louis Armstrong).
c. To take notice of: "Dig that wild outfit".

Pic; informal for a photograph, picture or illustration “Would you like to see my holiday pics?”

PIC; acronym; "Platform for Internet Content"

2 Aims

This wiki is an experiment-in-progress involving researching and evaluating web based multimedia place-based picture-education in relation to the formation of visual sub-cultures. In particular it explores the connections between art, culture and ecology.

Today we are very much alive to a global culture with all its diversity being presented 24 hours a day through pictorial media. 'Dig(g) That Picture' is an educational experiment in which discrete information packages are presented as sequences of pictures. Each picture-package has been created as a slide show/gallery/video narrative designed with music and/or words as a self contained educational art work It is an exploration of the concept of meta art as an art work composed of art works.

3 Tips of Knowledge Mountains

All pictures packaged in a sequence are, in their own right, the tips of knowledge mountains composed of stories in pictures which can be mined through their strata presented in this wiki and through the mind maps. In this respect, a computer slide format show is the antithesis of a printed book. In a book, the story is carried by paragraphs of words; pictures exemplify some of the specifics of the narrative. In a slide show created as a wordless gallery of art, the picture sequence as a whole delivers a personal narrative of the creator. Like all works of art the viewer is expected to ask, What does it mean? Viewers can provide answers to this question by adding words to each picture so creating their own body of knowledge in which to embed each picture paragraph.

As an educational collection, the collections address the theme of 'a sense of place' and in this respect, the wikispaces project was a response to an online mindmap entitled Meeting Places produced by Denis Bellamy in 2000. His thesis was that we go out of our way to visit places where there is a physical, biological or social heritage, which can be mentally excavated to produce personal thought-worlds. Such meeting places provoke thought-worlds arising through the contemplation of things or events marking the passing of time and which express something of personal signifcance in defining selfhood within placehood. They are places we interact with using spiritual intelligence. The other point of reference is the website of Bryn Purdy, which was created to explore the idea of eutopy and the definition of eutopism as ‘how-to-create-a-benign-place-to-be, particularly in relation to developing a philosophy of education based on the over-arching objective of generating happiness in an Era of Wellbeing.

4 Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual intelligence is not the prerogative of the religious. The mysterious contrast between the spiritual and the material runs deeply in many levels of human psychology existing in two thought worlds which have nothing in common. This separation was first described by Emile Durkheim in his work, 'The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life' where he writes about the heterogeneity between the sacred and the mundane. In the evolution of humankind spiritual intelligence came before the social evolution of the major world religions and the idea that certain areas of space are sacred and others are worldly goes back far into pre-history. Moving forward into the present materialistic age, for many people it is literature and art that convey the mystery of the invisible force that binds all things together across time and space. How else can we explain the response of viewers to Mark Rothko's abstract paintings. He says,

"I am not interested in any relationships of colour or form or anything else, I am interested in the basic human emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on, and the fact that lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I communicate with those basic emotions. The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them."

This is the fundamental starting point for 'Dig That Pic. in that pictures, individually and in sequence, are a focus for meditation.

Ecology of Social Space: an ebook