Just finished a 2 hour online session with my research class into the use of diagrams as a feature for research.
It has interesting implications for creative thinking, for the likes of video journalism/ journalism. At least for me and many others who draw out their plan, either as a meme or actual scribbly story boards before setting off on assignments.
It's the journey of unconnected that form new axioms and new ideas. re: brain storming, which this afternoon engaged with Masters Journalism students to visualise programme iddeas..
Any way here's a precis of some of the things said today from 7-9pm. All names are that of research students, whilst Susan and Leslie, Devril etc are the all part of the teaching supervisory team.
As the debate was unfolding on drupal, I teased out comments that needed further enquiry or leaped out at me.
[ did not take down links from intro - doh]
My take on this is that of using visual methods to "How do I know what I think until I see what I say" Forster
images/diagrams are also sequential
i like the suggestion that diagrammes are liminal, or interstitial practices
transliminality - a best word - pulling stuff (a technical term) out of the intelligent unconscious into the conscious intellect
the diagrammatic process used by paul klee, it is just a sketch book so familiar to us
Look at the Semiotic Sqaure of Greimas (1987)
yes, photos can be seen as functional, but Heidegger said that drawings need to exist to pull objects into relief against the ground of the functional
- debate ff here why people don't draw. fear of being ridiculous or that they think they can't draw.
drawing requires visual editing process while you are putting ink on the paper, but photography makes you to snap the moment without editing.
surely it a conversation between transmitter and receiver and the connections
sketch is an instant and more true than a snap of photocamera, however camera can be more objective (Gerard Richter has a lot to say about it)
Theory comes from visual, not a visual illustrates some theory. Using John Berger’s quote:
For the artist drawing is discovery. It is the actual act of drawing that forces the artist to look at the object in front of him,
A drawing is an autobiographical record of one’s discovery of an event – seen, remembered or imagined.
I like Wittgenstein, 'A picture held us captive and we could not get outside it for it lay in our language and the language seemed to repeat it to..
All the intricate philosophy of marks, signs, and traces plays out in drawing. Drawing is the place where blindness, touch, and resemblance become vis
Typography is diagramming with words
Klee: it is a visual metaphor - a way of marking his thoughts - perhaps like automatic writing?
there are those who are visual thinkers (temple grandin fe) and those who are verbal/textual
drawing is akin to the curves of our thoughts
brain mapping now shows if you have a series of long connections vs short microcolumns you are a 'wired' for visual thinking
[ note I missed some of Bruce's interesting inserts on his geoworld]
Temple Granding: "thinking in pictures" published a few years ago
Alison: thanks for Csikszentmihalyi
A person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills is never really free. Csikszentmihalyi
I fascinated with the non(traditions) of graphic notation in music. The cage image is a manifesto for the instantaneous and its capture
for bergson intuition is a philosophical method
intuition is a method
it is in the first chapter of Deleuze;s book Bergsonism
is diagramming also an info-aesthetic, ie based upon an illustration through an a priori language, of icons, symbols, lines
David ( me)
Drawing/ diagrams have been hugely significant in sciences c.f Einstein and Kekulé - who discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule - the 'gene' of organic chemistry after a day-dream. Some say it was the start of structured theory.
As a chemist we were always encouraged to draw to visualise chemistry's abstractness, unfortunately to the detriment of writing
the scientists we work with often draw things to explain them to us artists
visual programing has a long and interesting history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_programming_language
merleau-ponty says perception is based on motility, and learning on perception
Mind maps, meme's as art. For the Olympic bid there was a giant canvas of ideas in one of the lecture halls at UEL, covered all the walls helped the bid in crystallising ideas.
very true Alison. painting, drawing are extremely kinesthetic
robbie - do you man circuit board diagrammes? i was thinking of those
My mind as a meme