Directions: Connect the Dots

We've been learning how to connect the dots since pre-school. In our childhood it was a puzzle that taught us the alphabet or how to count. Metaphorically, the phrase "connect the dots" illustrates the association among two or more ideas that help materialize the "big picture."

This project was influenced by the words of Steve Jobs in his commencement speech to Stanford's class of 2005: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." The dots represent the various events in each of our lives, but how each of us connect our dots is uncertain. The existence of uncertainty and complexity in life is undoubted and perpetual, but we "have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in [our] future."
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This project is obviously about connecting the dots, metaphorically and literally. 50 participants (+ myself) were given the same "puzzle" to complete in one minute. While traditional connect-the-dot puzzles are pre-made with numbers or letters intact, my puzzle is sans numbers or letters, providing the participants with a level of freedom and uncertainty that is life. The completed puzzles were then collected and recreated digitally. I am currently in the process of creating a complex connect-the-dot puzzle from the 51 puzzles. (The puzzles were numbered 1-51, representing the order that they will be connected for the complex puzzle.)
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