15. 02. 2016 | Pavel Sedlak
We are presently researching theory and practice of this emerging creative field. Do you want to learn more about some of its historical background…?
The word symbol goes back to the ancient Greek term „σύμβολον“ (sýmbolon). The term itself is a composition of the words „συν“- (syn-), meaning „together“ and „βολή“ (bolē), meaning “throw”. That makes a symbol basically a coincidence.
As always with the ancient Greek there is a good story behind for a creation like that. Folks or families used to break objects like pots, rings or medallions into half. One half for themselves and the other one for a friend or ally. If meeting ever again these two groups were able to recognize and identify each other as friends by putting together the two halves.
The symbolists of the 19th century picked up that idea in the meaning of creating something new and beautiful out of pieces of the too realistic day-to-day world. For the ancient Greeks as well as for the artists of the Symbolism the figurative manner was the key issue: „The fundamental characteristic of Symbolist Art is to never fix an idea conceptually or speak directly”, as Jean Moréas wrote in his famous manifesto Le symbolisme.
To sound the bells for the next step we are creating a mobile application serving global needs for creative communication, non-verbal expression and throwing together of what we know about this world. Let’s share our data, find matching pieces and create new beautiful coincidences that can look differently every day. Join us in this adventure! Feel free to share your ideas and opinions – welcome to the ages of Digital Symbolism.