Week 9 was centred around the idea of analogical thinking, which is basically using one pre-existing context to describe another (Davis, 2004). Using this method of translation is effective in conveying meaning by breaking through the barriers of communication such as language and limited knowledge. Analogical thinking (aka metaphorical thinking) can be seen as a way to draw inspiration from one idea to translate into another, such as making art from a pre-existing knowledge of a stereotype of a clown.

There is an apparent debate about the degree to which this analogical thinking becomes a repetitive representation of an idea rather than an original thought. In my opinion, the line between pure plagiarism and creative output is incredibly thin and is constantly changed depending on the context and the audience. If we take for example, the current trend in today’s music, which seems to be leaning towards using samples of pre-existing songs to create something a little bit different; we can assume that one can use a combination of sounds to create a song and still be creative but there is a shady transition into copyright, whereby using even one note from a sound recording can be considered copyright infringement (Franzen & Mcleod, 2009). One can draw inspiration from a song and use a small part of it to illustrate a style, but the perception of it’s creativity depends on what the audience thinks and how much has actually been copied; the law can either be a restraint as it constricts an artist to using new and unique sounds but it also is the opposite in that it ensures that no two songs sound exactly the same (Masnick, 2011, April 22).

In class we had to think of at least one ‘creative’ answer/idea/image for a list of questions relative to the subject. Unfortunately the class moved its focus towards the comic activity thus the only answer I was able to gain from my group was that the fiddle represented a cat. I wanted to explore the notion of analogical thinking more by actually attempting at answering the questions on this blog, thus the questions are:

What animal is like a bass fiddle and why?

Apart from the aforementioned cat, I feel that an owl represents the body of a bass fiddle, while the neck of the bass fiddle is a misplaced branch, thus in my opinion I believe that a bass fiddle is an owl that it sleeping facedown on a branch.

What is the colour of shame and why?

Well first I thought, what is the colour of pride and just take the opposite of that, but the only thing that came to mind was the idea that the gay pride flag was a rainbow, therefore I felt that the opposite of pride must be gray. A colour in which is ashamed to show a different hue.

In what ways can coolness be seen?

My immediate thought was to take the literal meaning rather than the colloquialised stereotype of a heightened acceptance within a group, eg saying “he’s cool with us”. The thermal camera, showing a temperature of a surface seemed to resonate quite strongly in portraying coolness, while if we take the slang definition of the word, I seemed to think of the Fonz from Happy Days, the classic sunglasses with leather jacket look.

In what ways can softness be heard?

Lower volume seems to define softness in the audio aspect, thus in my opinion: pretty much anything can be considered to be soft when played at a low volume.

What could have given a cave dweller the idea for a spear?

Thinking that one must reach a target from a distance while also producing a deadly effect on impact, the cave dweller may draw inspiration from jagged rocks, long shadows, random sticks. Although if you take into consideration that the cave dweller had not yet thought of a weapon to destroy a target from a distance, he/she may not have eaten in a while, thus hallucinations are a plausible explanation to the invention of a spear in the mind of a cave dweller (Meerloo & Klauber, 1952), even if thoughts of hallucination are centred around food, depending on the animals in existence; it may in fact aid in the production of a weapon, for example if the cave dweller lives in a cave where the sole known prey is that of a mountain deer, the horns may give some insight towards the creation of a spear.

In the next class activity, we had to portray 2 situations using 2 different contexts from a list of topics. My first chosen situation was road rage and the source was superheroes:

Batman Pulled Over

My second illustration drew from Alice in Wonderland and the drug problem, because it seemed like an obvious choice

Cheshire Cat

References:

Davis, G. A. (2004). Creative inspiration through analogical thinking. Creativity is forever (pp. 145-170). (5th Ed.). USA: Kendell/Hunt.

Franzen, B., & Mcleod, K. (Producers & Directors). (2009). Copyright Criminals [Documentary]. United States: Independent Lens

Masnick, M. (2011, April 22). How copyright law makes sample-based music impossibly expensive… if you want to do it legally [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110414/03271513892/how-copyright-law-makes-sample-based-music-impossibly-expensive-if-you-want-to-do-it-legally.shtml

Meerloo, J.A.M., & Klauber, L.D. (1952). Psychomatic Medicine .Clinical significance of starvation and oral deprivation, 14(6), 492. Retrieved from http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/14/6/491.full.pdf

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