As the -indirect or direct- result of visual and aural stimuli (other stimuli are left aside) abstract worlds come into being in the artist’s brain. To make these worlds, which, in this initial stage, do only reside in the brain, perceptible to others, an interpretation of them by means of sounds and/or images is required (see diagram). Here, the task of the artist is to find a balance between the abstract world and its interpretation, i.e. the abstract world should be ‘mapped’ onto real world objects like sounds, moving pictures on a screen or paint on a canvas. One might say, the artistic challenge lies within the field of tension between the real world and the abstract world.
- Pierre van Berkel (Netherlands)