The “Yellow Room” contains an illumin-
ated wall for hanging up the finished collage, a chair for the interviewer and a sofa for the collage-maker to lie down, positioned so both can see, and point to, the collage while speaking to each other. (Roll-over image.)


A big computer screen connected makes it possible to construct “transient, experimental collages” within the interview situation, and then be able to output selected images as slides.


“Freud’s greatest contribution was horizontal, but it was never accorded it proper weight, either by himself or anyone who came after. This was his asking patient to lie down, an innovation that was given second-class status as one of the aspects of technique, which itself has been considered not as important as theory. This vertical conceptual bias obscured the significance of the posture, keeping analystis glued to the ‘material’ that is produced when a person lies down instead of focusing them on the actual transformations brought about by the posture.”

— M. Vassi

Lying Down: The Horizontal Worldview, 1984


“‘Do you mean to say that you read my train of thoughts from my features?’

‘Your features, and especially your eyes.…’”

— A.C. Doyle
“The Resident Patient,”
The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, 1985

“Observation sentences are the gateway to language…

Ostensive learning is fundamental, and requires observability. The child and the parent must both see red when a child learns ‘red,’ and one of them must see also that the other sees red at the same time… Pointing…contributes by heightening the salience of a portion of the visual field. Primitively this salience is conferred on the pointing finger and its immediate background…”

— W.V. Quine
The Roots of Reference, 1974


“Using the material of a given reality collage brings forth, through transposition, ‘another’ reality, which reveals the inner essence of that which has become dulled through habituation. By relieving reality of its rules of the game, collage presents designs for experimentation — patterns which are new, unused, and posssibly valid only for the moment.”

—Franz Mon

Prinzip Collage, 1968


This situation is all the more unfortunate given the remarkable strides that have been made in this century in the understanding of symbolic processes. It is probably fair to say that, as most of these advances have occurred in fields outside psychology proper, few of them have been either conceptually appreciated or methodologically harnessed by psychotherapeutic practice. If here, as in other fields, utilization of appropriate technology and required production time stand in inverse relation to each other, then a judicious, theoretically informed capital intensity might support an imminently brief and democratically available psychotherapy.