Reframing Human Connection
At Connection Lab reframing refers to experimenting with looking at the same thing through a different lens. Artists do this all the time – different ways to test perspective.
The challenge in visual artist is how to achieve three-dimension on a two-dimensional surface. What do you do when far away large objects look small and smaller nearby objects look large? Cezanne painted dozens of landscapes of the mountain Sainte Victoire in his home town in France. The paintings lend themselves to abstraction because they are not in the classical linear perspective so the size of the mountain is misleading – but for Cezanne variations in the mountain’s perspective and arrangements of planes varied in each piece to compensate for the panorama that he sought to evoke.
In communication the same principles apply — personal perspectives are colored and tricked by our predispositions or mindsets. We are not always conscious of what causes our behavior. One time I was on the subway in NYC going to school with a friend. Apparently I had given her a dirty look and then she gave me a dirty look in return and before we knew it by the time we got to school we were furious at each other.