Movement Schemata

  • Jürgen Weber


The simplest human and animal geometric form schemata available to our visual memory — such as the examples in the drawings of humans and animals by children and adults — give no hint of the specific mobility of these beings. The most we can gather from the child’s drawing of father, mother and child (42) is that these people are standing upright on their feet — although even that is not completely clear — just as we cannot detect any movement in the depictions of people and animals on the North American bag (351), despite the far richer geometric details. 80% to 90% of the drawings of elephants and cows by children and students, with the rectangular, parallel legs lacking detail and meeting the bodies at right angles, give no hint of how these animals move. We have already discovered this in the case of the growth movements of spruce, palm and fern. Nor do the plastic animal depictions of the Greeks’ proto-geometric period, of the Hallstein period, of the very early Egyptians, of 1000 BC and earlier in China give any idea of the animals’ specific manner of movement, with the possible exception of the elephant’s swinging trunk.


Basic Process Visual Memory Form Schema Geometric Form Movement Schema 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Weber
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  1. 1.Institut für Elementares FormenTU BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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