In Inside Out animated film, in a scene where two personifications of emotions (Joy and Sadness) walk into the area of Abstract Thought, they undergo a dangerous process which consists of four phases:
"Non-objective fragmentation" - the characters transform into crude 3D figures.
"Deconstruction" - the characters fall apart.
Unnamed phase, the characters become two-dimensional.
"Non figurative", the characters transform into colored lines.
It may be up to interpretation what it exactly means in the film, but I'm sure that the terms "non-objective fragmentation" and "non figurative" aren't made up. So, my question is: what do these terms generally mean, and is this four-phase process a simplified representation of some well-known process, model or method in psychology (perhaps some model of abstract thought)?
People at Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange told me that these terms do not exactly refer to any well-known psychological concept.
I don't have a hard proof, but apparently that scene is a reference to the concepts of abstract art.
Abstraction - begins in reality. Seeks the essence of an object. May be expressed through simplification, stylization, fragmentation, re-assembly, and/or distortion. Refer to artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, David Hockney, etc.
Non-objective abstraction - Abstraction which does not refer to an object.
nonobjective - of or designating an art movement in which things are depicted in an abstract or purely formalized way, not as they appear in reality
This is a film where the concept of abstract thought is discussed in significant detail, Riley's imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind) leading Sadness and Joy into a room dedicated to its four stages: non-objective fragmentation, deconstruction, two-dimensional and non-figurative. These oblique terms are actually used by the characters to describe what's happening to them as they morph into Picasso-esque shapes, fall apart into component pieces, become flattened and finally turn into rudimentary single-colour abstractions.
nonfigurative - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature