I saw Kevin Hodgson’s colored-in mandala and was struck by the idea that I didn’t want to fill in anything of my own. I wanted to filter his mandala. Here are the two side-by-side:
I think of coloring as additive, but filtering is something different. It is substitutive as well as additive. For example, I remixed Kevin’s original by copying it
Then I filtered it with a simple blur and magnification.
I am playing with the filters. Is this very different from coloring? Yes, I am reminded of the filters our brains have, built-in biases both conscious and unconscious. Filters take away. They make signal more legible or legible in a different way. Perhaps this week on #clmooc I will work on creating a filtering book where I will take a sample of others’ work and filter them in different ways.
Maybe I will see something different. Discover a blind spot, unveil a bias I never knew about.