What is Gestalt Theory? When did it begin, and why? How did it develop? And more to the point, why is it widely considered to be of direct relevance to a diverse array of other areas, such as art, architecture, and design? This 40-minute video talk is a richly illustrated overview of the emergence of Gestalt Psychology in Germany in the decade prior to World War I. It talks about its origins in motion perception, its applications to camouflage, its look-alike connections with Ancient Chinese cosmology, including Taoism, and its pertinence to the visual arts, graphic design, and building design, including the Dessau Bauhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others. This video was written, produced and narrated by author, designer, and design historian Roy R. Behrens, who taught graphic design and design history at American art schools and universities for more than 45 years. In 1998, he published a widely-read essay titled "Art, Design and Gestalt Theory." Now, almost 25 years later, it still enjoys an exceptional online reading and download rate. This video talk revisits the same subject, in an extended, more detailed, and enlivened form.
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Behrens, Roy R., "Art, Design, and Gestalt Theory: The Film Version" (2023). Behrens Video Archive. 13.