Gestalt Art

Signals, the cybernetic medium, are the foundation of organisms, most notably our society. More specifically, it is the foundation of the modern world, with the connectivity of radio signals, electrical signals, and the internet. It follows, neurological signals that the brain interprets into a unified experience–the Gestalt, and the digital signals that computers interpret and display are analogical. Thus, through a variety of sensors and models of signal interpretation, a computer system can sense, digitize, interpret, and display a variety of signals into an objective Gestalt; a perceptualization of information through computer models of interpretation objectify the normally subjective experience of Gestalt.

The Gestalt is a subjective union of neurological signals; in comparison, a computer’s digital signal can be modified according to mathematical and aesthetic rules of interpretation, which mirror and also synthesize the artist’s sensibility. The plasticity of information in this method stimulates new neurological channels and structures, thus encouraging expanded models of cognition, which combine vision, hearing, and movement in novel ways; a synthesis of sensibility.

It is known, humans have an innate potential for cross-sensory neural networks, especially as infants, before cultural adaptation prunes other ‘abnormal’, or unnecessary connections in the brain. Some adult humans mature with these cross-wirings intact, and thus might hear colors, or taste numbers. Such is deemed a disorder, called synaesthesia, as it may interrupt, or distract traditional styles of behavior, workflow, with unnecessary perceptions. However, from a general viewpoint, the cross-wiring of neural networks signifies association, and is a direct result of our experiences, learning, engaging, imagining, as we connect different sensory modalities through a Common Sense, or Gestalt. With various degrees of association, some to the extent of disorder, we may view this phenomenon as an opportunity to leverage the higher processing power, and novel associations of multiple areas of the brain.

Applying the model of multiple, simultaneous representations of information, we attain the multi-modal perceptualization of information. And by exposing every sense organ to the same object of information, higher-bandwidths are available, with information surging through novel associations, thus freeing the bottleneck of mono-sensorial information that characterizes our current interaction with computers.

Information Perceptualization: an Overview