Communicating experiential ideas

‘The power of two-dimensional visual images is so strong that Rene Magritte, exploring the nature of art and reality was inspired in his 1929 photo-realistic oil painting of a pipe, to inform us that ‘this is not a pipe’.

His painting’s title translates as The Treachery of Images: we muct guard against the power of images confusing us into believing that that we are experiencing reality.”magritte-la-trahison-des-images


A print of a photo of a painting be Rene Magritte that he entitled ‘La Trahison des Images’. Despite appearances, he warns us that this is not a pipe; we cannot smoke, fill, chew, smell or tap it. A two-dimensional image cannot fully communicate the breadth, depth and richness of experience with its multiple sensory, time and spatial dimensions.

Jane Fulton Suri, The Experience Evolution: Developments in desing practice, The design journal, Vol. 6, issue 2, 2003

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