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Art Synectics. Bringing different things into real connection. Analogy. A comparison between two things that are similar in some way. Logical Synesthetic Affective Paradoxical . Logical Analogy. similarities in design, structure or function. Duck compared to boat

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art synectics

Art Synectics

Bringing different things into real connection



A comparison between two things that are similar in some way






Logical Analogy

  • similarities in design, structure or function
  • Duck compared to boat
  • Tree compared to circulatory system
  • Bird compared to plane

Synesthetic Analogy

  • sensory comparisons of an interdisciplinary nature; perceptions of touch, sound, vision, taste or smell.

Affective Analogy

  • emotional resemblances
  • Offensive person as a snake
  • Beautiful girl as a flower
  • Timid as a mouse

Synesthetic Analogy

  • (Paradox - is an apparently true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction)
  • “loud silence”
  • “the living dead”
  • “organized confusion”

Images & Transformations


  • 1. Memory – recollections of the past (not fantasy)
  • 2. Imaginary – recollections of the past radically rearranged
  • 3. Hypnogogic – imaginary experiences perceived in the twilight state of consciousness between sleep and waking, accompanied by light flashes, sparks, geometric forms
  • 4. Afterimages – sensory over stimulation (colors reversed)

5. Hallucinations – images perceived as a result of personality disorders through lack of sleep, intense concentration, meditation or drugs.

  • 6. Dreams – associated with sleep (REM)


1. Magnification

The “reconstruction” of a subject matter on a much larger scale than that of the original

2. Minification

  • Making an object appear smaller

3. Multiplication

Repeating images or forms within a composition



4. Substitution

Changing the original qualities of objects and surfaces (concrete pillow, wooden light bulb)

5. Reversals

  • Reversing color, perspective, function, relative sizes and so on, (reversing “laws of nature” - gravity)

6. Distortion

  • Changing an object or image by deformation, distortion or progressive state of degradation (burned, dissolved, decomposed, crushed, cracked, etc…)


7. Fragmentation

Splitting or fragmenting objects or images (partially developed, dismembered, splitting planes)

8. Disguising

  • The use of latent or hidden images; obscuring the qualities of an object by wrapping, masking or camouflaging

9. Metamorphosis

  • Depicting images or forms in progressive states of change


10. Transmutation

  • A radical form of metamorphosis

11. Soft Focus

  • Changing focus of all or parts of an image; blurred edges or contour lines

12. Progressive Image Breakdown

  • Subjecting an image to treatment that tends to deteriorate, obscure or progressively break it down to simple shapes or patterns.


13. Transference

  • The intrusion of an object or element into a space or environment not normally its own

14. Positive-Negative Reversal

  • Using the photographic negative rather than the print (or both) in a composition

15. Animation

  • Inanimate subjects made to “come to life”


16. Collapsing Volume

  • Rendering 3-D subjects to appear flat or transparent, through the use of contour line

17. Partial Delineation

  • Drawing, carving, or presenting only a portion of an image in its finished state

18. Simultaneity

  • Presenting several views or time modes simultaneously; for example, showing the side, top, back and bottom views)