An archive of visual dialogue.

Designologue

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heavy
Conspirator
studyk
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15 years ago, December 10, 2001
studyk

15 years ago, December 25, 2001
heavy

15 years ago, January 9, 2002
studyk

What seems like a long, long time ago we came up with the theme “associate” which led to an image association concept (like playing word association, or stream of thought). Of course, a year of interruption can make a person forget where they were going with it…all I can remember was I was playing with an image of a meat grinder…?

14 years ago, February 19, 2003
bedingfield

Is that a brain you’re washing or are you just happy to see me?

Baaaah…I dig the sheep soap.

studyk

For some reason, the last image (3) made me think of old soap packaging, which led to literally illustrating “brain washing.”

studyk

I like the images of the older man and the younger girl on IMG3-makes you wonder what exactly Heavy was setting up with “profound psychological satisfaction.” I wish they were facing each other though…

heavy

i’m glad you went towards brain washing cos in a sense, that is where i was headed in img03. the title how it is done and the older gentleman and the younger girl relates to the “profound psychological satisfaction” people tend to get through the shaping of another’s mind. chld-rearing being the most easily accessible form of mind control or influence. well read my dear s_tudyk!

heavy

wow. uh so this one took me a little while, really had to think about it. i thought s_tudyk really brought out some interesting concepts in img04 and my mind went through our typical free-association thingy.

the computer architecture really got me thinking about synapses and the brain washing got me thinking about not only washing, but more towards sculpting and how children are at our mercy in terms of learning and development. but not completely, there are still so many choices we can make hence the many branches of the synapse.

i dunno, i have probably let too much be known, make some of your own conclusions. there are a lot of issues of work in this image for me, i wonder if they all come through. anyway, enjoy.

14 years ago, March 4, 2003
studyk

okay, so I maybe shouldn’t have read all of your comments; they will surely influence my train of thought. I’m going to TRY and put that information to the back of my mind & study your image alone…

studyk

14 years ago, March 5, 2003
bearskinrug

Good turn, s_tudyk - Any of those people relations?

studyk

umm, no. I especially like Fredrick & Johnny. They seem creepy for some reason. Maybe it’s the bow. Or the arm around the boy…

heavy

hmmm, free association designologues have their advantages.

oh hell, i just love those references to taliwacking and master jeffrey bates. the man/boy thing going on is a tad creepy. and the mother/daughter thing, what kind of family is this ms. tudyk?

studyk

it is a family to be noticed; bringing back the “profound psychological satisfaction” without words

heavy

is there satisfaction in a family tree without too many branches. this family is doomed. their psyches could only be suffering, unless of course they are into that sort of thing. i’m disturbed.

heavy

roots.

all nasty textures courtesy of grandpa sturzenbechers records in the manchuria’s manifest, Oct. 02, 1923.

14 years ago, March 23, 2003
bearskinrug

That’s really well-done, heavy. What’s that green symbol in the top right? A seal of some sort?

heavy

thanks man! i’m pretty pleased with how this came out too, not to pat myself on the back or anything.

the green seal type thing is from some old money, i think when banks still printed their own. it’s from “the sussex bank.” found in a secret treasure trove of imagery in the depths of the internet…

bearskinrug

interesting… (bearskinrug leaps atop horse) TO SUSSEX! (gallop, gallop, gallop….)

cowpiesurprise

Nice response, heavy. It’s a more interesting and dynamic take on the family tree idea, with a good sense of balance, compositionally and thematically. Many different things can be inferred by the looks on the family’s faces, their orientation in the frame, and the document in the background, so I like the way the image’s ambiguity encourages us to write the story ourselves.