Photographic Collective Unconscious

This​ ​exercise​ ​is​ ​is​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​Photography​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Optical​ ​Unconscious,​ ​Dadaist​ ​poetry,​ ​and theories​ ​of​ ​the​ ​collective​ ​unconscious.​ ​What​ ​we​ ​do​ ​here​ ​is​ ​take​ ​photos​ ​on​ ​a​ ​theme​ ​without coordinating,​ ​overlay​ ​the​ ​photos,​ ​and​ ​examine​ ​what​ ​happens​ ​at​ ​the​ ​chaotic​ ​intersection.

Here​ ​is​ ​the​ ​recipe:
1​ ​-​ ​Select​ ​three​ ​topics​ ​that​ ​are​ ​both​ ​deep,​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​interpreted​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​ways.
2​ ​-​ ​For​ ​each​ ​topic,​ ​both​ ​of​ ​you​ ​go​ ​out​ ​and​ ​take​ ​a​ ​photo​ ​on​ ​that​ ​theme.​ ​Do​ ​not​ ​control​ ​yourself. Let​ ​your​ ​unconscious​ ​determine​ ​how​ ​you​ ​interpret​ ​the​ ​theme,​ ​and​ ​let​ ​the​ ​spur​ ​of​ ​the​ ​moment decide​ ​what​ ​the​ ​content of each photo​ ​is.
3​ ​-​ ​Text​ ​/​ ​email​ ​the​ ​photos​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other​ ​and​ ​laugh/​ ​wonder.
4​ ​-​ ​One​ ​of​ ​you​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​initiative​ ​to​ ​use​ ​Photoshop​ ​or​ ​an​ ​open-source​ ​analogue​ ​to​ ​superimpose the​ ​images.​ ​That​ ​is,​ ​make​ ​each​ ​image​ ​50%​ ​opaque,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​overlay​ ​each​ ​image​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the other.
5​ ​-​ ​(Optional)​ ​include​ ​a​ ​third​ ​image​ ​(perhaps​ ​a​ ​drawing)​ ​to​ ​be​ ​superimposed​ ​at​ ​a​ ​33/33/33 opacity​ ​ratio.
6​ ​-​ ​Examine​ ​each​ ​photo​ ​for​ ​the​ ​the​ ​themes​ ​that​ ​arise​ ​from​ ​the​ ​new​ ​image​ ​at​ ​the​ ​intersection​ ​of the​ ​twain​ ​by​ ​writing​ ​a​ ​short​ ​interpretative​ ​psychodynamic​ ​analysis.​ ​Each​ ​of​ ​you​ ​could​ ​write something.​ ​Share​ ​these​ ​projective​ ​interpretations​ ​with​ ​each​ ​other along with the photos and themes.

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