The Amplification Effect, No. 9

An invitation for artists and writers, creators of any medium, to participate in a group exercise.

A group exercise performed in the comments.

A symbol is provided, and participants are asked to share at least twice to generate an amplification of that symbol.

Amplification is a kind of “natural thinking,” proceeding by way of analogy, parallel and imaginative elaboration. In this sense, it may also be seen as a depth psychological approach to scholarship based on what is claimed to be the natural functioning of the mind, which is not linear and orderly.

The Process

1. Participants self-select.

2. Responses are placed in the comments to this post.

3. Each participant replies with an amplification of the symbol.

4. Each participant replies with an association to another participant’s amplification.

5. Participants are encouraged to repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as they wish.

6. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the group results of the exercise to provide an impetus for future creative work.

Postscript: Consider linking back to this post with any work this exercise generates. Links from this post to any work generated will be shared below.

(For further information, as well as an example of a completed group response mind map, see the inaugural Amplification Effect)

Week #9 Amplification Effect Symbol:

A posted/no trespassing sign.

Join us in the comments below!

Group Response Mind Map (updated throughout the exercise):

Links to Works Generated:


24 thoughts on “The Amplification Effect, No. 9

  1. Two things I’ll open the field with:

    Private property, and the laws that claim ownership and exclusion.

    The expulsion from the Garden of Eden. “You do not belong here.”

  2. Logograms… A posted sign is a type of pictogram. In ancient history, pictograms gave way to a logographic writing system. Cuneiform seems to be the earliest form we know of today.

    1. I just realized that most posted signs aren’t pictograms in America. *slaps forehead. Could I change my answer to the demise of the feudal system? That would make more sense universally.

          1. Aha! Had to do some research on that – we don’t use the term “posted sign” to mean no trespassing over here on this side of the pond. Apologies for not being familiar with the meaning.

          2. Posting Your Property

            “Posted” signs are a common sight around farmsteads in New York. Farms and rural landowners use these signs to alert potential trespassers. As a landowner, you are permitted to post your property boundaries through New York’s Environmental Conservation Law. Posting allows you to control access to your property, or property you lease, in your absence. It is a conspicuous notice to a person who is about to enter property. The signs notify that person that they are committing trespass if they are entering without permission.

          3. In the UK, the term “posted sign” does not having any special meaning and the phrase would just be understood literally as a sign that has been posted, so thanks for your explanation!

            Here we tend to have signs reading “Private Property. Keep out.” or similar.

            If you trespass onto private land here as long as you do not cause any damage when doing so you are not committing a criminal offence – rather it is a civil offence. The landowner can ask you to leave, but to stop you if you persist they would have to take civil action against you (i.e. sue you in the civil courts).

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