Communication between strangers; exploring 2D visual modelling to represent conceptual ideas

I recently had a stimulating conversation with artist Susanne Palzer, who’s based in Sheffield at Bloc Studios.

During our conversation we were discussing issues around communication and information exchange in relation to our work. Following the meeting Susanne sent me a 2D diagram from the text book Datenverarbeitung (Data Processing) by Othmar Bischoff 1984, written in German.

Susanne has translated it to English, and I produced the diagram below. I really like the content of the diagram – as it explores what happens in conversation/dialogue between two parties (people). As I mentioned in my July blog entry, how we relate to each other as strangers is an important question for me at the moment. This diagram seems to represent how as a starting point we need a common set of signs (or maybe values), in order to communicate with a stranger.

This thinking has taken me back to exploring how people communicate; connecting to two of my earlier projects,  the performance-installation Bridge and the artist-book work On Communication in 2007 and 2008.

Information Exchange #2 - 500

This diagram is a reworking and translation of an original diagram by Othmar Bischoff, 1984

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About waymarkingthesketchbook

Sarah Spanton is director of arts organisation Waymarking - www.waymarking.org.uk
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