Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Acid Brass: The power of the mind map.

What is this unnecessary obsession with mind maps?

I have not used a mind map in about 10 years. I just do not organise my thoughts like that. Having said that there are some clearly recognisable benefits from structuring and mapping linking ideas to generate an overall well rounded and comprehensive argument or debate about a given topic.

During my research I have been focusing on collecting, categorising and organising objects, Why is the way we organise words any different? Can this method work for objects? or can the objects be represented by words and given a sense of their place within a collection through a mind map? After all a semantic network that can show relations between concepts can also show relations between objects? Tony Buzan, popular British psychologist popularised the term in the 1970's. He claimed that the viewer absorbed all the information in the mind map because it was in a non linear format. He argued that traditional outlines forced the reader to scan left to right and top to bottom, while mind maps encouraged viewers to scan the page in its entirety. Perhaps mind maps play a key part in the arrangement and organisation of objects to show the interconnecting relationships between the objects, their juxtaposition etc. it would be worth exploring this further.

Jeremy Deller, conceptual, video and installation artist, produced a mind map as part of a larger musical collaboration with the Williams Fairey Brass Band from Stockport.

Jeremy Deller: History of the World / Acid Brass 1997 - 2004

"I drew this diagram about the social, political and musical connections between house music and brass bands – it shows a thought process in action. It was also about Britain and British history in the twentieth century and how the country had changed from being industrial to post-industrial. It was the visual justification for Acid Brass. Without this diagram, the musical project Acid Brass would not have a conceptual backbone."

For more information about Jeremy Deller and his work visit his website.

For me, Deller's mind map strategy clearly indicates not only the historic, social and political links between the two genres but also a subtext about the reasons behind the project, his motivations and even aspirations. The mind map clearly and cleverly sets the tone for the project.

Although this Ted talk by Sir Ken Robinson Phd, innovative and creative educational leader is animated and includes pictures, there are similarities with that of the mind map. interlinking threads of ideas, arguments and discussions that weave together to create a whole. To find out more about Sir Ken Robinson visit his website.

There is something in this that could link to the composition and development of my exploration of collections.


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