SCHEMAS -Tiling and Reverberation
A schema is an in-built system that activates and drives something
visually or otherwise. This picture starts out with a definite
plan, but the end of the journey is left very much a mystery.
I started out by aligning the images in the radial cells and
directly applying them to the center. For each section, in Photoshop,
I placed the primary elements and proceeded to order layers
and set sizes. I often use the images themselves as brushes;
they take unique aftereffects. The source images here are different
from each other, yet rather homogenous, more related to texture
than form, and more neural and digital than defined in shape.
This was much more rigorous than I thought, but I found many
interesting functioning transitions. A ëZen' mindset
keeps thoughts from getting in the way. Lastly, when the images
were combined and worked aggressively, it was very difficult
to predict what would result. This is a matter of spontaneous
composition. Our visual perception guides the process but it
will not provide consciously formulated answers until we know
most of its mechanisms.
Base 2. SYMBOLISM -The Uncertainty Principle
The artistic ideal is rooted in ëknowing' that the
image will come together. The parts one starts with are very
defined in themselves. They are not traditional elements since
they can each stand on their own, keeping something of their
original nature (unlike Schema where they acted as broad inflections).
One component is a photograph taken in the Bolivian Andes, another
is a watercolor dubbed and filtered (Edge Detect and some tweaking
to offset 3 constituent layers), and third, the main anchor
image, a composite designed from scratch. They seem very separate,
but at the subconscious level higher order is possible. This
falls in the domain dynamicist cognition; it traces some connectionist
and symbolic modes of AI. These were the simultaneous ends in
mind. Though less abstracted, they preserve the outcome: a self
contained, stabilized composition. The key stage is in initially
selecting what is to come together without knowing a predicting
factor such as the validity of theories, (an uncertainty principle).
When it is done, it should be left alone to hold its space.
The process becomes really endless when newer forms are introduced.