Disruptions of Proximity

7 min readJan 28, 2022

The proximity disruption effect is defined as the increased use of references to relatively exciting perceptual qualities between individuals as we approach each other more closely.

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s “Fantastic Composition.” Photo from WikiArt. Public domain.

“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks!”

— Shakespeare, Macbeth (Open Source Shakespeare 2021)





A concept of aesthetic complexity based on universal animal preferences for mixtures of simple, more and less exciting physical and psychological opposites.