Sunday, October 14, 2007

Culture of the Information Age (6)

Art composition basics in media design studies

Present at the conference was also Dalia Matijkiene (see the lady left on the photograph), a lecturer at Vilnius College of Construction and Design Interactive Design Department. We had met before in Tampere in 2005 during the VociNet workshop. Dalia had made a profound study on the art composition basics in media design studies. From her study she draws the following conclusions:

1. Analysis and summary of publications on art composition theory based on tradition of Modernism permits to distinguish following principles: integrity, expression, organity, structure, style, rhythm, proportion, symmetry. Discussing various principles of composition authors, often from their subjective experience, interpret and group them in totally unrestricted ways. Thus becomes blurred the very system of composition principles in educational discipline “Fundamentals of Art Composition”

2. New tendency emerges in the post-modern culture: the search for harmony and unity that incorporates artistic elements of classical and ancient cultures as the basic purpose of human existence and creativity. This creates premises to combine into integral system various principles of art composition developed by modernists and construct a new model of art education on the basis of this system.

3. The essence of the presented model is harmony of all principles of art composition. The harmony is ruled by two laws: integrity (unity of idea and form, parts and totality) and expression. These main laws are concretized by different principles: unity is characterized by organism, structure, and style; expression – by symmetry, proportion and rhythm.

4. In composition these principles and laws interconnect and act as a unity, thus the chart of this model relates with the emphasis on the center and even distribution around this center. The chart forms a six-angled star – the universal symbol of all cultures in the world, which means the essence of creative work. At the some time this form and it’s development reflects the structure of media products/art such like internet, interface, interactive structure of games etc. and their features – periodic, multi-linear, pointed to the center (user/consumer), determinant consistency.

Besides conclusions, Dalia showed the Unity of Composition Principles Chart and a series of drawings illustrating the principles of design: style, rhythm, organism, symmetry, structure, proportion. These principles shape the idea of thedesign. Her presentation and some 30 drawings will be published in the December issue of FreesideEurope.

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