I believe that the human brain is a great emblem that represents the same qualities of multiplicity that Oni Buchanan’s work, “The Mandrake Vehicles” does. The human brain is made of on neurons that connect all aspects of the our human functions. Scientists say that human beings only use around 10% of their brain functions, so like Calvino’s examples, we are unable to connect everything that we want to. The brain’s neurons are like the letters that connect to create the message in the E-Lit work. The brain is complicated and tangling, similar to the description of multiplicity that Gadda gave, a tangled piece of yarn. Everything in the brain can be connected, and the combinations bring about new information. The multiplicity of the brain could be even more overwhelming the writing the “ultimate book”.
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The graphic element that I find as the most impactful for the work of Oni Buchanan, “The Mandrake Vehicles”, is hierarchy. The E-Lit work starts with a paragraph, the words all on the same level. As you move through the piece, the letters that are removed to show the connections of other words are risen from the paragraph to show the emphasis of the changing letters. I feel that if the letters that are removed were to be just eliminated with out the effect of hierarchy the powerful meaning behind them would be lost.
As I have browsed over just about every E-Lit work from the anthology, I found myself only looking for works that seemed applicable to my blog, never enjoying them. I finally found a piece of E-Lit that I can use and actually enjoy a lot. Oni Buchanan created a piece called “The Mandrake Vehicles“. It consists of three installments, each of which similar. They have 7 steps in which the viewer must take. The first step starts with a large paragraph of words. Each step then takes out selected letters, changing the entire paragraph to a smaller and totally different message. This goes on until the 7th step where the paragraph is dwindled down to just a few lines. The E-Lit exemplifies multiplicity on a small but accurate scale, but unfortunately in the reverse. The letters are like the subjects of a novel and their connection is unlimited and can lead a person in any direction. Just by eliminating a few letters, the entire meaning changes. This shows you that all letters and words are connected in some degree. I mentioned that the E-Lit was in reverse and that is because the paragraph actually gets smaller, rather than expanding, but the process of the connections of the letters and words is still relevent.
Unfortunately, I am unable to use a comic as an emblem for visibility because Calvino has already done so and the E-Lit I selected is based on comic strips. The second emblem I look to in order to convey the E-Lit’s quality for visibility is that of a sun rise. The sun rising is an emblem for visibility because, like the comics do in “Brainstrips”, the sun rise represents multiple ideas. The first thought that comes to mind when looking at the sun rising is the thought of beauty. The image conveys the thought that the earth is naturally beautiful. The second thought that comes to mind is the thought that the day has begun. The sun rising indicates that the day is beginning and we must begin our daily routines. Like the images in the comics do, the sun conveys important details in our life and without words is able to influence our thoughts.
I was overlooking the options for the graphic design elements we can use to best describe our selection of E-Lit in “Graphic Design The New Basics” by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. I noticed the first major elements discussed is Point, Line, Plane. These three elements are considered the “building blocks of design”. I assumed I would not find an E-Lit work that these elements could be used to shows the core aesthetic value. Then I realized that they are the core elements that allow the comics in Alan Bigelow’s “Brainstrips” to convey the images that help show the author’s meaning behind the piece. The comics are a combination of points, lines and planes. They are very basic and show little dimensional quality. Calvino discusses that images are an important part of aesthetics and without the simple elements of points, lines, and planes, these images would not be able to be drawn.
While journeying through the E-Lit anthology, I was having trouble finding a piece of work that can truly conveys the qualities of visibility. Most of the E-Lit work has relatively good visual effects but the interest of the authors did not seem to be in the visual quality. Fortunately, I stumbled across the work of Alan Bigelow. Bigelow created an E-Lit piece called “Brainstrips”. It consists of multiple live action comics that discuss major issues and concerns in the world. Although the author was most liking mainly concerned with issues discussed, his piece’s true quality is in the visual aspect. He uses comic stripes and then adds small action details like the firing of a bullet. The combination really allows the reader to understand the comic and ultimately understand the message the author is looking to convey. This appeals to the second imagination process that Calvino discusses, the process of an image giving the reader the sensation of verbal expression. The author hopes that the piece of E-Lit influences the viewers to express their feelings towards the discussed issues.
In relation to the E-Lit work by Deena Larsen, “Carving in Possibilities“, a honeycomb comes to mind when evaluating an emblem. A honeycomb embodies the quality of exactitude similar to the way the work of Larsen does. The bees of a hive use layers of simple hexagons to build a honeycomb. They use layers of simple shapes to build one of the most important aspects of their lives, a housing station for the honey. Like the meaning of a story, the housing station for their honey is a vital aspect to the bees. The use of layers of hexagons, like Larsen uses her texts, is the simplest way to build the honeycomb.