Topography of the Mind: Mind Mapping

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  •  September 23, 2017
     1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

CEUs: 3

Instructor: Nancy VanKanegan

Our minds can seem like uncharted territory, a constantly changing topography of memories, dreams, plans, emotions, and ideas. Visual diagramming of the various aspects of the mind can be useful in understanding the connections between conscious and unconscious activities. Like Freud’s iceberg, Jung’s diagram of the conscious/unconscious helps us to picture the relationships between intention/action, emotion/rationality and desires/expectations. In this interactive workshop, elements of your mind map are arranged into groupings with the goal of discovering connections. Typical structures are tree branching, radial hierarchies (such as Carl Jung’s use of mandalas), and spider webs. In addition to exploring branching, flowing, and radial designs, we will view the ‘maps’ of artists David Byrne and John Cage. Mind mapping can be helpful in gaining clarity of relationships, decision-making and planning. You may arrive with a specific idea to explore or experiment in playful discovery.

About the Instructor
Nancy VanKanegan, BFA, MA, has worked as an artist and teacher in Chicago for 30 years. Her students range in age from grade school to grad school. Creating diagrams, or mind maps, for complex plans and relationships has long been a part of her teaching and practice.

Recommended Reading
The Mind Map Book, Tony Buzan
Arboretum, David Byrne


Venue Phone: 847-475-4848 *221

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817 Dempster St., Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States