Diagrams, maps and technical drawings were largely used to codify global envisions and to disseminate “images” of the planet Earth as a whole. The "Drawing Conclusions" publication aimed to reflect upon and to trace back models that emerged in the 1950s when the mathematical theory of communication and cybernetics spread out. The starting point was a wide range of references from the history and the theory of culture and technology. With the help of the Scriptographer software, designers created sequences of graphical representations, thus drawing conclusions on five given topics: Environment, Narrative, Protocol, Politic, Cult. The process ended up in the Drawing Conclusions books series. One contains short essays, while the other is made of pictures carefully drawn by a machine taking advantage of the inner structure of vector graphics.
→ Curated by Jürg Lehni and Joël Vacheron→ Exhibited at Grafik16, Zürich, CH
Photos by Dylan Perrenoud, HEAD–Genève 2015.
In the past societies cult played a crucial role in organising the social hierarchy and in the cultural entertainment. It marked a man’s passage through the life cycle. The purpose was to integrate a human with his biological destiny. As ritual occurred during the great moments of change it was to formulate and reformulate ourselves. It allowed the personal growth and to make our individual aspirations and ventures happen. Cult offered a transformative experience as it was performed and experienced. Ritual expresses, releases and produces emotions. Rite engages all the senses and activates the imagination. It an unique practice that allows to become better related to ourselves and the others. A term of reflexivity, created by the anthropologist Victor Turner, refers to finding ourselves at the very edge of profound self–investigation and exploration.
The essential meaning of cult was the social identity and solidification of bonds between society’s members by building shared realities. Through ritual a group sought to preserve the continuity of its values and understandings. Not only rite offered a personal transition and self redefinition but it also enabled a social advancement and it moved individuals from one status to another. This metaphorical, inner changed was marked by modification of body or through dynamic physical expression. Our yearnings for assurance and sustenance from our social group has remained up–to–date. We still seek acceptance and we have innate necessity to relate to the others and to fully feel a part of something bigger.
Ritual represents the idea of art–to–become; you act and perform first, feelings will follow. We constitute ourselves through our actions. This motion is the principal focus in our work. The visual representations metaphorically show movement as a personal and a social change. The output is based on a great variety of inspirations such as cave painting, dance notation, scientific diagrams, light painting and geometry. Though at first they all seem to have nothing in common, soon enough it becomes clear how important a dynamic expression was during the process of creation. Self–improvement, inner change and social network offer a unique context to work with visually.
Cult was once important for man to grow, both individually and socially. As the Dutch saying goes: "The greater the spirit, the greater the beast."