The background can be an interesting, complex context. The background can be a piece of paper. The background can be a void. What pulls the foreground into the forefront from the background?

The background can be an interesting, complex context.
The background can be a piece of paper.
The background can be a void.
What pulls the foreground into the forefront from the background?
 
I feel as if I should consult Goethe at this point but as I’m still in Newtonian, I’ll switch to rhetoric – and thank you Simon Albright for bringing this to my attention the other day. It took a day to ‘click’ but I think it did.
 
Foregrounding: “There are two main types of foregrounding: parallelism and deviation. Parallelism can be described as unexpected regularity, while deviation can be seen as unexpected irregularity”
 
So turning towards a Newtonian for metaphor as I’m not ready to return to Goethe (or to gestalt) just yet:
 
PARALLELISM, which is unexpected regularity and turns background into foreground, is similar to:
 
Negative Feedback = homeostasis = equilibrium = phase locked loop = attractors = stable states = eigenstates/eigenfunctions = equilibrium points = setpoints = ballcock / float valve =
” — a post with comparisons I made the other day.
 
Repeats with unexpected regularity to stabilize a system and bringing forward regularity from choatic background.
 
DEVIATION on the other hand, which is unexpected irregularity, stands out becoming foreground for a DIFFERENT reason.
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 Foregrounding can occur on all levels of language[6] (phonologygraphologymorphologylexissyntaxsemantics and pragmatics).
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