abstract art, a systems view

more than the sum of its parts

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“The whole is more than the sum of its parts”, from Gestalt theory, is perhaps better represented as “the whole is different than the sum of its parts”.

The whole is experienced differently than can be accounted for simply by understanding the component parts.

Combining previously existing wholes, they become parts of a new whole. New properties emerge.


Written by Andy Parkinson

November 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. So true.


    November 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

  2. Insightful. Seeing and reading what you say about your work here… well, you’re exploring implications of repetition that had not occurred to me, and it’s interesting! Thanks! 🙂


    November 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

  3. thank you River… and Zorgor for your comments.

    Andy Parkinson

    November 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

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