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<  Design concepts  ~  Imagination and memorability

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:26 pm Reply with quote
Site Administrator Joined: 07 Jun 2002 Posts: 8065 Location: Gent, Belgium
I think that a large part of the joy of art is caused by filling in the gaps left by the author with your imagination. When everything is spelled out for you, when there is nothing left to imagine, you are left with pulp. Pulp is legendary for its lack of memorability.

Couldn't it be that the memorabilty of art with gaps is simply caused by the fact that due to the activity of imagination, the work has already entered your mind? From there it is only a small step to staying in your mind and becoming a memory.

Things that are completely explicit don't even enter you mind because no imagination is required. Those things are a lot harder to remember.

One of my more memorable gaming experiences is of a text-based game, for instance.

(Of course, memorability is only one of many aspects of a good artistic experience.)
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