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”HOLOTROPIC ART” Manifesto

Edi Apostu
”HOLOTROPIC ART” Manifesto

             Art it's not entertainment. Art it's not kitsch.


                                                                                                     Edi APOSTU, Ph. D.

            ”The HOLOTROPIC ART is the art which is the result of  transpersonal experiences and which can transpose the beholder into states of overconsciousness.

            Art is the most fascinating playful manifestation of the divine Creator within the earthly realm and links the limited-ephemeral human condition to the infinite-eternal divine.

            The holotropic art has to be looked upon through the point of view of creation, approached starting from its connections with the philosophy of mentalities, the science of religions, the transpersonal psychology and the psychology of imagination.

            The connection between transpersonal and art can be identified in any hystorical period as long as they reproduce ideas that are connected to the sphere of imagination, of some ”realities beyond” on the human level.

            The artist is, to a smaller or larger extent, inspired, through different modalities, by different creation energies, and following the consumption of natural psychostimulents (coffee, alcohol, tobacco, different halucinogenous mushrooms or herbs, etc.) or synthesis substances, following the practising of religious, magic, chamanic techiques as incantations, prayers, meditations of different types, total fasting, intendded dehydration etc., or by combining the consumption of psychoactive substances with the practising of these different techniques, the artist is capable to create. Also, we consider that all those representations in the art works of the ”notions” that are connected to the religious side, no matter the period or the geographical areas are coming from, no matter the style or artistic trend, can be integrated in the transpersonal dimentions which can affect an artistic creation.

            In other words, the holotropic art is a type of art which is ”inspired”, realized as following authentic extatic experiences, as well as an art that can induce modified consciousness states to the watcher, or, in ideal cases, it connectes its two characteristics managing by its qualities to ”accumulate” in order to have effects on the psychic of the admirer.

            As starting points of identification we mention the holotropic art proposes a development and a promotion of the authentic cultural phenomena which have real values, a re-orientation of the watcher and the consummer towards a type of art that take account of the ”aesthetic common sense”, a re-education of the artist – who is equally part as the receptive public, in the degradation or, on the contrary, in the revolutionazing and the re-orientation of art, having an ethic and moral responsibility in the cultural approach which is equal to those who are art passionate or to any member of the society. We also talk about a orientation of all these towards an ideatic perfection of cultural expression, symilar to the notion of the Renaissance homo universalis, an elargement of the creative and artistic vision, an expantion of the boundaries of knowledge to all the levels that the human, as an intelligent creature, is conscious of.

            Under the conditions of cultural backing up of the present, the holotropic art can look like having utopic and pretentious ideals. This might be possible. Large trends of the humankind, which would propose the reaching of symilar objectives failed. Or maybe not. Even if the nowadays society is not a perfect reflection of the ideatic concepts of the big phylosophers, of the great people of the past, their remarkable ideas were assimilated and reflect, to a smaller or larger extent, into the society of the present which is part of the intelectual or physical effort of those brilliant minds that emited ideas of genious.

            It is the ”duty” of the great thinkers or of the illuminated ones, of those who have an elevated level of consciousness to do everything that stays in their power to raise the degree of perception and receptions of the people surrounding them. For a person that possesses a real level of intelligence it is a proper gesture that takes into account the nobless of the soul to wish to destroy the veil of ignorance from the consciousness of their mates and to raise them to their level, or to push them forward, in order to reach higher, superiour achievements.

            Being aware of the difficulty of the assumed role in the changing of the mentality of the actual society which confronts serious existential problems, we engage to do our best effort to reach our objective and, even if a total exit from the metality of the epoch seems to be impossible, we will do our best to realize, at least, a fissure into this degenerated mentality.

MOTIVATION

            The galleries and the collections of the world are full, during this period, of  ”works of art” which look very much alike and which express absolutely nothing.

            The artist, as a producer of beauty, reached the stage into which it expresses in their work a striking ambiguity taking the art to a ”superior” level of mediocrity.

            ”Great artists” of the world are producers of kitsch works of bad tastes, visible in all the galleries of the planet no matter how prestigious they are. You can even find them in famous auctions houses as those like Christie`s or Sotheby`s.

            The present period of our existence darkens our spirit with a multitude of ”cultural productions” which, in essence, represent the nothingness to the smallest detalis and have a serious role of reducing the intellectual level of the art consumer. This fact is no wonder as long as the level of global intelligence is registering a serious falling down and the post modern artists are insipired by nothing, becoming an insignifiant copy of the past artists.

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