Uncreative Design

assignment 3/ parse: genesis

the words of the song Genesis by the artist Grimes is parsed into images. the images chosen are snippets from ancient Persian manuscripts showing female and male anatomy as well as conception. “Recognizable” images such as eyes and hearts are used for the nouns, and more abstract crops are used for the verbs, prepositions, etc based on their visual nature. These 1.5″ x 1.125″ crops are literally pasted into live text in InDesign. Like the song, these paintings portray existence/ being in a much more romantic way than science. Like the Genesis story from the bible, the song and images both reflect a myth of “creation” and “disobedience”

There is internet debate about what the lyrics of this song say; this inspired a further alteration to the pictures. To do this I applied a filter to my linked image file and let it update within the existing constraints of the Indesign file, abstracting the “image-words”. I think that parsing- as related to Genesis- is an act of creation and disobedience in itself.

(Genesis def: The basic narrative expresses the central theme: God creates the world and appoints man as his regent, but man proves disobedient and God destroys his world through the Flood.)