By Dr. Gil Dekel and Dr. Loykie Lominé. Drawing from the Platonic idea of anamnesis, and Carl Jung’s practical experiments, Dr. Dekel and Dr. Lominé link creativity, pedagogy and spirituality. Facilitating a guided meditation within academic context, they explore inner-angelic data (A-Learning). Presented at The University of Winchester. Gil: We came here today because we were told...Read More
Dr. Gil Dekel (Art, Design & Media). Examples of Colour Sets (Schemes): Monochromes - any single colour, on the colour wheel: Complementary - any two opposites/contrasting colours (producing a vibrant feeling in design): Split complementary – a colour, and the two colours on each side of its complementary colour: Near complementary – A...Read More
by Gil Dekel, PhD. Download PDF Template of the method. How to write essays, or come up with ideas for art projects? All true knowledge exists inside people in the form of intuitive insight, but since there is too much ‘external’ noise many people stop listening to themselves. The following method utilises the inner knowledge in writing articles and essays, developing ideas for art...Read More
By Dr. Gil Dekel, and Natalie Dekel (MPhil) Our society is constantly evolving, and with it comes an on-going need for new ideas and products that are different, sustainable, and useful for daily life. With technological and scientific developments the process of making new products has become shorter and faster than before. While past generations seen slow changes, nowadays changes come about on...Read More
(גרסה אנגלית English) (Paul Hartal) פול זאב הרטל התחלתי לצייר ציורים בהשפעת הקבלה בשנות ה1990. לתדהמתי הגמורה, ניסיונותיי אלו הובילו לתגלית בלתי צפויה ומרגשת של תקשורת טרנסצנדנטלית. באלף-בית העברי, כל אות מייצגת ערך מספרי. כשהחלפתי...Read More
by Gil Dekel, PhD. (About Gil. Contact) Introduction In this paper I will follow the evolution of art museums through the effect of the use of images of artworks. I will argue that the use of images of artworks has contributed to a shift in the role of museums from ‘national treasurers’ institutions that hold artworks, to collaborative ‘international proprietor of...Read More
Lessons from John Dewey’s ‘How We Think: A restatement of the relation of reflective thinking to the educative process’ (summary/review by Gil Dekel, PhD.)
Review: Dewey argues that thinking is a natural automated act, just like breathing and heartbeat are, and therefore it is impossible to teach someone to think. However, it is possible to help develop someone’s thinking, by helping develop a creative, curious and questioning mind. To do so we do not need to teach information in schools, rather encourage stimulus in the form of challenging the...Read More
Key Lessons from Edward de Bono’s ‘Parallel Thinking: From Socratic to de Bono Thinking’ (a short summary by Gil Dekel, PhD).
Edward de Bono argues that the way people think is governed by pre-set patterns, such as the use of analysis and judgement, which limit our faculty to comprehend data and information, and process ideas into truly creative results. de Bono offers alternative method of thinking, the ‘Parallel Thinking’, which is designed to reach for creative solutions through the embracing of contradictions,...Read More
From Sight to Vision: a review of Maurice Bowra’s book ‘The Romantic Imagination’ (reviewed by Dr. Gil Dekel).
by Gil Dekel, PhD. This book offers an important insight into the power of imagination by clearing a prevailing mistake about the English Romantics poets. The author shows that the poets were not indulged in imaginary states ‘removed’ from this world, rather they saw imagination as a tool to ‘open up’ perception to the spiritual that exists in this world (not in so-called ‘other’...Read More
by Gil Dekel, PhD. The purpose of this article is to analyse the difficulties in formulating coherent arguments about the benefits of Reiki. Whilst scientific research has undoubtedly brought progress to the human race, scientific knowledge is not yet able to provide reliable evidence on the benefits of therapeutic practices such as Reiki Healing. The tools with which we measure reality are not...Read More
Mathematics and Reality: Is Mathematics a symbolic Universe Invented by the Human Mind? (part 5 of 5)
Part 5 of 5. Read Part 1… Read previous part, 4… by Paul Hartal. Chapter 5: A Magical Land of Infinite Worlds A gentle soul and highly poetic mathematician, Georg Cantor (1845-1918), upset thoroughly the applecart of arithmetic with his Set Theory of Infinity. The mystical imagination of Cantor had created a magical land fraught with perplexing logical paradoxes that forced...Read More
Mathematics and Reality: Is Mathematics a symbolic Universe Invented by the Human Mind? (part 4 of 5)
Part 4 of 5. Read the previous part… by Paul Hartal. Chapter 4: Unverifiable Theories Although Einstein had made major contributions to the development of quantum theory, in his eyes the new branch of physics was incomplete. He could not accept the idea that on the atomic level blind chance and unpredictability governed nature, which scientists could understand only in probabilistic terms. For...Read More
Mathematics and Reality: Is Mathematics a symbolic Universe Invented by the Human Mind? (part 3 of 5)
Part 3 of 5. Read the previous part… by Paul Hartal. Chapter 3: A Leap of Imagination Einstein’s theories rely on innovative mathematical models of space. For more than two millennia the magnificent geometrical axioms of Euclid of Alexandria were regarded as incontrovertibly absolute truths. New discoveries transformed their status, although inasmuch as the axioms apply to the geometrical...Read More
Mathematics and Reality: Is Mathematics a symbolic Universe Invented by the Human Mind? (part 2 of 5)
Part 2 of 5. Read the previous part… by Paul Hartal. Chapter 2: Zero is something The mysterious irrationality of the nullity: zero equaling plenty– arising from the bewildering mathematical complex of the concise and elegantly wrapped Euler Identity—had cast a particular spell on Benjamin Peirce, who in 1831, at the age of 22, had been appointed Professor of Mathematics at Harvard....Read More
Mathematics and Reality: Is Mathematics a symbolic Universe Invented by the Human Mind? (part 1 of 5)
by Paul Hartal. Introduction Mathematics is a model of exact reasoning, the most precise branch of human knowledge. Using logic as its main instrument, mathematics probes the numerical and spatial relations of axiomatic systems by means of strict rules and careful analysis. It is a ubiquitous and indispensable subject because every human endeavor involves some form of arithmetic. In the sciences...Read More
Representation and Narrative in Popular Two-Dimensional Animation: A Critical and Practical Investigation.
by Natalie Dekel. Can self-observation of an artist/researcher on her work stand as an academic tool of investigation? I would argue that the process of moving from theoretical analysis to practical exploration of one’s own art work can challenge and enriche any academic research, and can establish better notion of authorship. I have conducted a research where the topic of hand-drawn...Read More
Engaged practice and authorship: Inquiry into the process of animation filmmaking as a practitioner and critical researcher.
by Natalie Dekel. I would argue that artistic ‘information’ is rushing through one’s body and mind, driving one to express in animated language of symbols and images what is ultimately a personal interpretation of subjective authorial nature. My research aims to explore this sense of authorship through my own artistic practice, by observing my experience as an animator in the...Read More
In this paper I will reflect on the connection between lines in art works, the artist’s personality and the choices they make in the creative process. I will offer examples from my work as a painter/animator and a researcher.Read More
by Natalie Dekel. How artists embody their distinct personality, emotions and experiences, in the process of making an art work? The literature in art does not sufficiently discuss this point, where the literature often refers to the final product from which views about the artist are deduced, or it discusses the views of artists on their work as an afterthought. Either way, the actual process of...Read More
by Gil Dekel, University of Portsmouth. _____________________________________________________________________________ First published in Consciousness, Literature and the Arts. Volume 9 Number 1, April 2008. _____________________________________________________________________________ Plato’s suggestion ‘know yourself’ raises the question: How can one know oneself? What are the tools...Read More
Who is the Author of my Poems?: Art Practice Based PhD Exploring Knowledge Gained in the Process of Creativity.
by Gil Dekel. It is a prevailing assumption that poetry is closely linked to the times in which it is created, and that the poet is influenced by his/her surroundings. For example, the English Romantic poetry is seen as a direct result of the French and American revolutions (Ackroyd, 2006). However, this assumption does not explain the observation that poetry was written in ancient times and is...Read More
by Gil Dekel. Freud acknowledged that poets have explored the unconscious much before he himself developed it into his psychological theories (Jay, 1984: 23). Visionary poets such as Blake and William Wordsworth suggested the psychoanalytic process much before Freud himself practised it (see also Shengold, 2004: 28). In my research I propose to direct this psychoanalytic inquiry, which I suggest...Read More
by Gil Dekel. This paper approaches visionary poetry from the point of view of an experiential observer. The paper explores the “poetic silence” that occurs in the moments before the poem is written, attempting to capture the moments in which a thought of poetry is formulated. This silence is defined by RILKE (1950, p.20) as “nameless”, thus may pose...Read More
Black Circle That is Going to Be. Flash Artwork. 2008. Gil Dekel. “What interests me is not the square or the circle, but what is in between the two: the artistic process by which one becomes the other.” Gil Dekel. In his life-long attempt to express universally shared feelings, painter Kazimir Malevich (Drutt, 2003) asserted that pure geometrical forms (such as circle, square,...Read More
By Paul Hartal. (לגרסה העברית Hebrew version) I began to experiment with Kabala inspired paintings in the 1990s. To my utter astonishment these experiments led to a totally unexpected and most exciting discovery of a transcendent communication. In the Hebrew alphabet each letter assigns a numerical value. When I substituted the numbers in Pascal’s triangle with Hebrew ...Read More