The Art of Translation: 21st Century Creatives – DP Mavia

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Faith is the art of Hearing the Invisible

Hope is the art of Believing the Invisible

Love is the art of Trusting the Invisible

I picked this line from Soul Tsunami a book by Dr. Leonard Sweet. “ What can be seen is temporary, everything is potentially in a state of being dematerialised – the Bible records its is no longer by power or might but by the Spirit. Spirit is not obvious. It is not easily seen it has to be discerned either by putting apart or putting togetherdiakrino and sugkrino.

Diakrino and Sugkrino

These terms are important not because they are Greek but because they carry concepts of translation and understanding invisible realities. The basic meaning inherent in the two terms is discernment – to discern. One needs senses to discern.  As a creative you need artistic senses. Apart from senses one needs to mature or have a framework of completeness. This framework is formed when you exercise your artistic senses. When you arrive at this point it becomes easier for you to translate in-depth and concrete works.


This is the distinction of two things from each other. It actually means to distinguish by putting apart. It indicates the ability to handle parallelism or duality. That would mean interpreting reality in the context of two opposing forces. If there is a conflict of twos, may be two worlds or concepts, an artist ought to be able to interpret the disparity by use of his artistic senses. It is an execution of judgement in an artistic sense it would be that an artist on the basis of value and meaning will translate thorough his/her work the conflict or opposing element in what he is trying to express.  

Artistic Senses

A sense is a door or window of interpretation of some reality. We smell see or taste as a function of making sense to things we relate to in the context of the here and now. The basic urge might be to eat but for us to enjoy the meal we have to use our noses to appreciate the aroma then eventually taste then eat. These senses are filters of interpretation of physical reality. Senses ‘touch’ entities and things when I use the word touch I mean the causative action to interact (or experience) with something so as to interpret and give it meaning in a particular context or reality. Artistic senses are therefore these filters that experience components of art. They enable an artist to experience entities in particular contexts and thus interpret them into his world for consumption of an audience. These senses capture these realities in different measures. An artist has to learn how to exercise them and build them so as to be able to discern either by diakrino or sugkrino.


Whereas Diakrino refers to handling of two opposed, conflicting or parallel realities, sugkrino is about combinations. Sugkrino handles multiple platforms or realities. In sugkrino we compare spiritual things with spiritual. That means that the spiritual things we handle are understood in the reality or environment of the spiritual. We can also compare natural things with natural. For example when I talk about a tree, as a thing it will only make sense in the context of the natural environment and in relation to other natural things, hence comparing natural things with the natural. So comparing spiritual things with spiritual is the same thing only that the environments changes from natural to spiritual – and that is sugkrino. There other thing to note about sugkrino is that it handles more than two entities. In sugkrino meaning comes when many things are levelled against each other or combined. Things are broken down then put together so as to make sense. Or a part might be taken away then put back with the rest to have new meaning. An artist is supposed to learn how to interpret reality that comes in multiples. He has to sharpen his senses to the point of handling combinations. A piece of art might be a segment of a whole. Most artists normally work to create a body of works (note: not a portfolio) sugkrino can be seen ten pieces later, in one piece or even in a lifetime. Apart from that sugkrino is also the ability to translate into artistic reality, expression that has been founded on multiplicity. Notwithstanding it also needs to be bred and achieved by sharpened or sharpening of senses (artistic senses). You are either ‘putting apart’ diakrino or ‘putting together’ sugkrino. Your creative expression is a manifestation of either of the filters.


Poets’ artists’ writers sculptors musicians songwriters and the whole bunch are crucial in this generation. These kind of people have an art the art of arts this art is the art of Translation. Deciphering and decoding invisible things, then bringing them into the realm of the visual. Turning abstract to concrete things not seen into things seen. Preachers will have to become artists prophets and poets. Media is everywhere this generation has turned into a multi-sensory people and can absorb content diversely. 


We will have to move from acts that do not have definition. Hebrews 11:1 is the definition of Faith the rest of the verses ‘ by Faith…’ are acts of faith. The substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen is made seen by an act that’s translation. We are afraid of acting because we do not understand the definition. We are not able to translate because there is no evidence of unseen things. Colossians 1 talks of an interface that we can use to translate things through, by and for. It mentions things visible and invisible and even determines these things to be likened to thrones and dominions. We cannot be effective artists if we cannot translate, up to now we have existed to translate and every body else that wants to get meaning in the things that are being unveiled has to participate as a translator. Our acts have to be a language and expression that reveals what has not be seen into understandable and meaningful reality.  What are we translating so far?

The Principle of Process

Metamorphosis is change of thinking. Conformity to systems creates stereotypes and a sense of homogeneity. The problem is that it prevents novelty and creativity. There are questions to be asked when it comes to thinking and the process of thought.

  • Why do we think?
  • Why do we think differently?

The concept of conformity is based on an echoing effect. We are conformed when we echo creativity. The mind has a way of customizing thoughts so as to fit patterns. But why do we think in the first place? 

Man by design is a verbalizing being. He has to communicate and make sense of situations. In the creative process language has to be present as an interface of interpreting what is being communicated. It is impossible to have art that does not communicate. Art has to say something and in saying it has to have a language to communicate. Art is content and it would do to say that content is facilitated by language. Man speaks therefore he verbalizes most of his content. My simple preposition is that man thinks then verbalizes for him to verbalize he uses language and yet language has vocabulary, which eventually contributes to imagination.

Thoughts – Verbalization – Language – Vocabulary – Imagination


Meaning answers to the question WHY – terms such as destiny, fate, destination, purpose, or reason come to mind. But meaning has to be communicated or passed across therefore language has to be considered.

We think in language forms  – the predominant language forms determine what we think thus contributes towards what and how we interpret situations.

Thoughts to words – thoughts are impulse of communicative vehicles that help us pass meaning or interpret situations.

Thoughts = sound + image.  Thoughts are basic components of interpretation thus meaning in a prevailing situation.

Thoughts are more word and sound related while imagination is more visual oriented.

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