Monday, February 20, 2012

a year: as circle

Participants were asked to draw how they see the idea of "a year". 

So far, 21 participants have sent their cards back.  Most people so far have treated the theme in a more  metaphorical way than I was attempting to elicit.  It has been a challenge to explain this idea through words. The problem was partially with my original directions, so now I have begun to clarify that I am interested in how each person spatially lays out that span of time in their mind. I have noticed that explaining it verbally seems to be more effective.

One interesting surprise has been that some people claim that they do not actually "see" a year or any span of time at all. As for the more symbolic/metaphorical responses, I am still trying to decide if/how they will be used for the project.

For the participants who have displayed a spatial representation, a few themes are already evident, such as the circle:

Each person was asked to describe themselves.
This submission (above) was the vision of someone who is:
"Open, Liberal, Fun, Atheist, Logical, Controlling (sometimes!)"

This submission (above) was the vision of a:
"Fashion Designer, female, easy-going, optimistic, hardworking" person.

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