56: Imagery, Symbolism, and Human Consciousness

Wednesday, Half Day
1:30 - 5:15 pm
Room 217BCD

Computer graphics is old enough to be entering mid-life, the years when humans start looking for deeper relevance and meaning, when we start asking ourselves "why?" This course opens a door to the symbolic realm where our images can lead us to those answers.

None. Since this is an attempt to build a bridge to a new domain previously outside the SIGGRAPH experience, the course provides everything necessary for the journey, and doesn’t require prior knowledge of what's on the other side. Familiarity with analytic psychology is helpful. More helpful still: a willingness to relax one's preconceptions and a desire to see the world in new ways.

Symbolism; different forms of perception; consciousness and the unconscious; analytic psychology; dreamwork; mythology; mathematics, physics, computation, and the origin of time; use of imagery in medicine and healing; deeper symbolic communication in film and television; collective consciousness of groups; questions of personal responsibility as creators of images; examining SIGGRAPH itself through its own imagery; how images and self-reflection tell us about ourselves.

Bruce McDiffett
Evil Genius

Loren Carpenter
Pixar Animation Studios
Cinematrix, Inc.

Loren Eskenazi
California Pacific Medical Center

Carole Kammen
Pathways Institute

Bruce McDiffett
Evil Genius


Module 1 - The Inner World
1:30 Forms of Perception and Consciousness
1:50 Organization of the Psyche
Kammen and McDiffett
2:15 Psychology, Mythology, and Collective Consciousness
Kammen and McDiffett
2:35 Images, Dreams, Mathematics, Physics, and Time
3:00 Experiential Exercises
Kammen and McDiffett
3:15 Break
Module 2 - The Outer World
3:30 Medicine and Healing
3:50 Group Entertainment
4:10 Film
4:30 Computer Graphics and Society
4:50 Group Discussion and Questions and Answers
5:10 Closing Remarks and Open Questions

Additional information from SIGGRAPH 2002 Courses is available in the Course Notes

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