Gestalt and me
Gestalt has its origins in Germany. Roughly translated it means ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’. In essence, it is an appreciation that things cannot be broken down into their component parts but must be seen as a whole. This holistic approach recognises that an individual is viewed in their totality: mind, body, spirit; emotions and experience that is unique to each individual. Gestalt focusses on thoughts and feelings that are based in the present moment and as a practice, it can produce lively, spontaneous and creative results. Used for the power of good in a counselling scenario or in artistic practice it is also commonly used within the marketing world to manipulate sales…the interesting dynamic between self-exploration and global annihilation, all wrapped up in a little ‘ol therapy practice dating back to the early 1950’s when Fritz Perls fell in love. Rebelling against Freudian psychotherapy and developing a humanistic practice with ideas and self-exploration at its core.
So where does art fit in? I truly believe that a holistic approach is the only way to explore art. Researching your subject area, stripping away the layers and connecting with all of its component parts to create a unique view of your findings.
Research provides a safe and supportive space to explore the layers in life and allows me to see my own personal landscapes from a new perspective. Looking deeper into my own feelings, thoughts and ideas without judging them to be irrelevant, gives me a freedom that was previously denied in my process of creativity. The barriers that actively deny access to creative endeavours can lead to exciting discoveries and new ways of working when I allow for the unknown being an important part of that process.
During my research I discovered something called the pendulum wave. This is a beautiful combination of math and physics that creates ‘fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths that dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.’ (Pendulum Wave explanation -A graph of these oscillations can be seen below and is explained in a link below the graph)
Excited by the possibilities presenting themselves, my next line of research will be looking at visual perception and where illusion fits in to my own personal landscape. Can kinetic energy be translated into a story of nature, creativity and well-being?
Harvard Natural Sciences Demonstrations (2017), Pendulum Waves, [online]. Available from <https://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/presentations/pendulum-waves> [Dec 19th 2017]
Paul Lui (2011), Pendulum Waves – Mathmatical Description cont. 2 [online]. Available from <http://hippomath.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/pendulum-waves-mathematical-description_6472.html> [Dec 19th 2017]