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Animation of Classical BaGua Arrangements

A dynamic representation of Neti Neti (Part #1)


Produced coincidentally on the occasion of the opening of the Olympic Games in China in 2008. Given the 5-ringed symbol of those games, the interlocking of the 5 moving rings that are the main focus of this exploration may be considered a form of symbolic celebration of the traditions of Chinese culture.
Introduction
Experimental approach
Hexagrams emerging from dynamic relationship between trigrams
Alternative representations and readings of the trigrams
Configuration of alternatives as a resonance hybrid
Mapping of I Ching hexagram coding onto Star of David
Misleading representation of fundamental symbols in two dimensions?
References

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Introduction

The representations below follow from arguments previously made with respect to the fundamental significance attached within Chinese culture to the BaGua configuration of 8 trigrams, especially given its significance for the I Ching -- the Book of Changes (Sustainability through Magically Dancing Patterns: 8x8, 9x9, 19x19, 2008). The implications of the dynamics of "moving symbols" were explored earlier (Moving Symbols: radical change in religious psycho-social energy policy? 2008). The alternation within such configurations is understood here as an indication of the challenge and potential of apophatic identity, notably in the light of the classic Sanskrit adage Neti Neti -- "not this, not that" (Being What You Want: problematic kataphatic identity vs. potential of apophatic identity? 2008).

The contemporary relevance of patterns resulting from combinations of trigrams to form the the I Ching hexagrams is the subject of an extensive experiment in interpretation (Transformation Metaphors derived experimentally from the Chinese Book of Changes (I Ching) for sustainable dialogue, vision, conferencing, policy, network, community and lifestyle, 1997). The commentary on this exercise notably explores the relevance of alternation in response to current challenges (Policy Alternation for Development, 1984; Development through Alternation, 1983, particularly its section on Development of Comprehension and Comprehension of Development, 1983). The exercise below is part of a general exploration into possibilities of a pattern language (Polyhedral Pattern Language: software facilitation of emergence, representation and transformation of psycho-social organization, 2008).

The current relevance of exploring metaphors fundamental to other cultures, and notably those of Asia, has been extensively highlighted by Susantha Goonatilake (Toward a Global Science: mining civilizational knowledge, 1999).

tha Goonatilake (Toward a Global Science: mining civilizational knowledge, 1999).


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