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.