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Research: Mind and Mapping

The following references have been chosen due to their relation to either the mind, mapping or the concept of time and space.

SANTIAGO RAMÓN Y CAJAL

Reasons for choosing:

  • a study of the network of the brain which is constructed of neurons – neuronal pathways and connection
    • I thought that observing the neuronal connections and networks would inform my practice, in communicating the movement of thought, in the same way that signals are transported by these links
  • looking at the organic structures of the neurons – formal visual element – directly reflecting the workings of the brain – also, organic lines convey something natural and innate

HIROKAZU KOSAKA

KOSAKA

Reasons for choosing:

  • the simple compositions, constructed of dark backgrounds with light lines, show the raw use of recall
    • where the sole focus is the line (memory)
      • the dark background and general simplicity of the formal visual elements allow for that
  • although movement isn’t directly shown (only inferred through lines/marks), the composition could be layered with tracing paper or shadows?

JESSICA RANKIN

Reasons for choosing:

  • could represent the repetitive nature of the thinking process and hence the mind
  • both the thinness and transparency of material, as well as the shadows produced, could convey the ethereal nature of the ‘mind’
    • fragility

KARIN SCHAEFER

Reasons for choosing:

  • altogether the art piece displays a relationship between the different points (people)
  • how those are networked together to convey a message /meaning
  • each point although seemingly unrelated creates one message/ one comprehensible

 

MIRA ROJANASAKUL

Reasons for choosing:

  • quite minimal composition
  • different types of marks to convey various messages and pieces of information about the subject matter concerned
  • combining cartographical techniques (such as conveying contours or showing boundaries within the composition) with quite organic structures (top left or centre) which can resemble life (similarity to ants at work or animal cells/neurons/veins)
    • all of these have been connected to create a unity of subject
  • the middle marks seem to be transmitters, connecting and passing on information from one side to another
  • resembling naturally occurring activity in the body – and specifically in the brain

PETER MATTHEWS

PETER MATTHEWS 1Reasons for choosing:

  • intuitive observation of his surroundings
  • mark-making inspired by his presence and being within the environment he intends to record and observe
    • such mark-making is organic, and could be used to communicate emotive information of the place
  • conveying movement through different types of marks – indicated innate properties of the object as well as of that particular time and space – a recording of the placement of happenings or various physical elements of the scene

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