Design and framing
Beyond the fact that she was a highly entertaining speaker (how much fun I had!), here I was again, wondering how the verbal and visual processes interact in the creative brain. Where does the story start: verbally or visually? What comes first, the chicken or the egg? It reminded me of the presentation of Deborah Aschheim, where it was difficult to differentiate both processes that were intertwined to create a piece of art.
In this case Ellen showed us how to manipulate both to create a humorous story line. It reminded me of the reflections of Scott McLoud on sequential art (comics, graphic novels etc). Sequential art is a very good example where both visual and verbal languages are used to create a story, that can be extremely powerful. Scott McLoud analyzed the language of sequential art at length in his books, especially the first one: Understanding Comics, that was a revelation to me (I love comics and graphic novels).
This is part of a series of posts on the 11th International Conference on Neuroesthetics (September 2014).