Edition curated by Jürg Lehni and Joël Vacheron
Exhibited at Grafik16
March 16-18, 2016
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 The starting point was a wide range of historical references and the theory of culture and technology.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 book series. One book contains short essays, while the other is made of pictures carefully drawn by a machine taking advantage of the inner structure of vector graphics.
The Cult chapter synopsis:
In past societies, ritual 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 of rites and rituals 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 for personal growth and propelled individuals' aspirations and ventures. Ritual offered a transformative experience as it was performed and experienced. Ritual expresses, releases and produces emotions. Sacred rites engage all the senses and activate the imagination. Ritual practice allows us to better relate to ourselves and the others. The term of reflexivity, coined by the anthropologist Victor Turner, refers to finding ourselves at the very edge of profound self–investigation and exploration. Rites and rituals facilitated a form of reflexivity, whilst at the same time fostering a sense of broader social belonging.
An essential purpose of ritual practices was to solidify the 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 did rites offer a personal transition and opportunity for self-reflection, it also enabled social advancement and had the capacity to move individuals from one status to another. This metaphorical, inner changed was marked by modification of body or through dynamic physical expression. Metaphorical, inner changes were marked by modifications of the body or through dynamic physical expression. Our yearnings for assurance and sustenance from our social group remain today. We still seek social acceptance and symbols of social acceptance; 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 variety of inspirations such as cave painting, dance notation, scientific diagrams, light painting and geometry. Though at first these element seem to have nothing in common, soon enough it becomes clear how important dynamic expression is in the process of creation. Self–transformation, inner change and social network offer a unique context to work with visually.
Ritual was important for a person to grow, both individually and socially. As the Dutch saying goes: "The greater the spirit, the greater the beast."