Arts et pensée dans l’évolution humaine

Marcel OTTE

fr Comptes Rendus Palevol 16 (2) - Pages 155-166

Published on 30 April 2017

This article is a part of the thematic issue From genes to culture

Arts and thinking

Myth and beauty come together to transmit original stories. Music transmits emotion and is found worldwide; it has always been present. Performances of rhythm and dance unite the group and accompany ceremonies. Art also includes anatomy, enabling the body to be harmonised and integrated within social codes. Images use the play of morphemes (elements of the form) and they result from the combination of support and graphical illusion. The icon (representation) turns into schemas while preserving its original meaning. The secondary variations of the forms of images indicate the way in which the worldview is maintained in each community. Symbols have contingent meanings, but their regularity and permanence also demonstrate the universal force that they occupy in the human spirit. Signs and images maintain continuous structural components, such as the elements of a tale. In all of these forms, art participates in the realisation of rituals that punctuate religious life. The logical structure of the figured scenes shows that they illustrate mythical tales.


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