In this TEDx talk, "Re-creation of the Icon," iconographer Lynette Hull draws a compelling parallel between Steve Jobs' focus on the use of icons (the kind on our computing devices) and beauty of design, and the ancient Christian art of iconography. This talk is really good. Really, really good. Please watch it. You won't be disappointed. It's about 20 minutes long.
Ok, now that you've watched it, there are a lot of things I can say about Lynette's ideas in this talk.
|Early step in an icon I wrote under expert tutelage, Spring 2010|
|Gold leaf added (though we didn't use clay as shown in video)|
Second, the content of the talk is actually exactly what I'm writing my term paper on right now. More specifically, when Lynette talks about reason and rationality (as represented by the original IBM DOS computers) as opposed to our "noetic faculties" (which is what Jobs taps into when his company created the first GUI: graphical user interface), this is precisely the ratio/intellectus dichotomy I am exploring in my paper, as two different modes of knowing that together enable us to have knowledge. Furthermore, in my Masters thesis I will be using the ratio/intellectus framework (and its many other sibling-concepts, like work/rest, time/eternity, logos/nous, logic/love) to better understand the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. After watching this talk, I am already dreaming up ways of incorporating this TEDx talk into my thesis, likely as a way to relate these heady concepts to the everyday.
|Finished Icon of the Mother of God "Sweet Kissing"|
Can it be that discovery services in libraries are tapping into our noetic faculties?
Besides the fact that I get a real kick out of having just written that sentence, I think the answer may just be "Yes."
A lot more can be developed here, but since I have to go write that term paper, for now I need to end my response to the video here.
If you watched the video (and I hope you did!), what did you take from it?
H/T to Orthodox Arts Journal for the video.