“Complex” “Abstractions”

Suppose we have a simple emotional statement XYZ.

To present this feeling we could display this as a word of art and frame it: “XYZ”

Another artist may add unnecessary fluff to make it look nicer or look more complex. However this does not change the actual statement or make it more complex: “—.X.Y.Z.—“

One could over complicate the world by adding additional sub-statements within the work: “XabYabZab”

New works can be created by allowing an abstraction away from the original statment.

One technique could be telling the story non-linearly: “ZXY” or “aXbYbxZ”

There is also playing with the medium telling the statement: “X”, YzX or “XY, Z”

How much should a piece be abstracted or complicated? If it goes too far, it could seem like the original had no original meaning: “Xab.-YabcZ.-” or “ab.—ab.–aZbcYX”

What if someone removes the original meaning and creates a work entirely based on the idea of abstraction: “ab.–.ab” or “acbY—-.acb.Yyb”

And what happens when someone removes these over complications and makes a minimalist work from the left over ideas that came as a result of abstraction: “ab.” or “abcd” or “y-y”?


About vurinstitute

Horatio Somersault is the Director and Regent Chancellor of the VUR Institute, a think tank involving some as-yet-unknown and slightly spooky manipulations of time and interdimensionality. In his spare time Somersault enjoys writing poems and fables. You can read his writings, as well as those of other VUR inhabitants, at vurinstitute.wordpress.com. Though he lives a wanderer's life, his hometown is a domed biome inside the water core of the moon Europa. You can follow his experiences adapting to the customs of the early 21st century on his Twitter @VURdirector and can email him at vurinstitute at gmail dot com.
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