Yesterday I started doing the illustration proposal for my assigned module in the Anthology book that we are working on in Studio Impression with the whole class. Everyone has to submit a proposal for an illustration that would represent one of the 6 modules in the book. The best proposals will be included in the printed book. The module I got is called Book Print Hypertext and I has two texts in it. They both are about applying theories to literature. These are the summares of the two texts:
Kayleigh Kember – Aarseth’s ergodic theory
“An essay that discusses ergodic reading, that is, the theory of literary interaction as active decision-making and manipulation by the reader of the narrative order and plot, in relation to a graphic novel source text transformed into an episodic video game, The Walking Dead (2012), and an experimental novel that plays with structure, typography, characterisation, narrative voice, metatext and plot, House of Leaves (2000).”
Lorraine Cappoccia – OuLiPo, Workshop of Potential Literature
“An essay on the experimental French literary group OuLiPo, the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, the Workshop of Potential Literature, which operated in Paris in the 1960s and whose best-known members are the writers George Perec and Raymond Queneau. The group’s works are playful, nonsensical, interested in the relationship between meaning and form, and inspired by the pleasure in accident of surrealism, and the legacies of Marxist theories of materiality and the psychoanalytic theories of repression and desire of Freud. As such, their works are explorations of the effect of physical textual manipulations and rules on the nature of literary meaning, expressiveness and our creative and expressive sense.”
When I read the texts there were some clear similarities when it comes to themes and the theories discussed. The both texts talk about structure, rules and constraints, choices, different possible paths, and the readers role in creating meaning/narrative. These themes seemed so important in both texts that I decided to start building my illustration abound those. Already when I was reading the texts I had this image in my mind about a roads with many forks representing multiple choices and many possible outcomes.
These are my sketches:
I thought the idea no. 3 was quite good. I combines the multiple choices and many possible outcomes and represents the rules/theories in three forms: maths, graphics, and literature. I scanned it and tried to make it better in Illustrator and Photoshop. I tired how it would look if I made the image longer and thinner and different versions of that: