2.0 Exploring cognition

“Picasso ended up where normally he should have started.”

it was in this lecture that we began talking about pablo picasso and the abstraction of images, i found particular interest in this, as we talked about “Le Taureau” mainly due to the somewhat strange process involved, where you could almost say that Picasso “finished where normally, he ought to have started” (A Picasso portfolio, 2010, 77)

the image was of a bull that he drew in many stages, starting with fully rendered versions an slowly making them more abstract or using less marks to define it, with the final product consisting of merely a few lines, that yet still clearly represent a bull, although there were some notable points about this final image, for example, the bulls head was around the same size if not smaller than the bulls genitals, to which my tutor raised the question “what does it mean” and we discussed the possibility if deeper meaning to images, for example, maybe the small head refers to the bull as being small minded.

Pablo Picasso, Les 11 états successifs de la lithographie Le Taureau , 1945. This is the sereise of images Picasso created, while working backwards, towards basic mark making like that seen in the last image.

(Pablo Picasso, Les 11 états successifs de la lithographie Le Taureau , 1945.)
This is the series of images Picasso created, while working backwards, towards basic mark making like that seen in the last image.

1.0 The birth of symbolic language

 thoughts before research:

through-out this lecture we covered various material about how natural languages came to be, starting with the fact that there was possibly around 1.5 to 2.5 billion years with no form of spoken or written languages, and its this fact that I find myself having great interest in, along with how languages were then developed and how different cultures all developed slightly differently, where as I will go into much more detail in my next post about this lecture, for this post, I would like show my thoughts on a few things that other students said during the lecture.

 

Towards the end of the lecture two students made points that both stuck with me:

The first student raised the question “maybe language used to be universal, and everyone spoke and drew in the same way” where as now there are so many languages that people cant talk to each other, or as the student said “so much communication that we are unable to communicate”

but it was to this statement that another student responded with a statement opposing the first being that, “it was a simpler time, and so people would have needed less communication” for example people had to focus on survival, like finding food to sustain themselves and so there was no time to develop communication in the way it did in later years.

 

I myself love the concept of a world where everyone once spoke using the same languages and symbols, but personally feel that it is just not possible for this to have happened, with the size of the world and the amount of separated people on it, although some cultures may have had similarity’s in there speech or mark making there would always be subtle differences at the very least.

 

But yet still I find myself thinking about the idea of everyone being able to understand each other

with some universal language at some point in the past, or maybe its just because that concept is a lot more fun.