The Communicube is a transparent, open,
five level container. Light reflects off the shelves, which are printed
with a grid of twenty-five squares. This grid floats within the structure
like a chessboard. When objects such as buttons, stones or other small
objects are placed in the grid they may be reflected by the other
shelves, the images on one level faintly mirrored in another; colours
glitter; shadows fall through the structure; a floating world holds
within it the tension of opposite polarities and related objects,
whether close or distant, echoing our larger cosmos. Viewed from above
the whole is instantly visible: a mandala containing disparate elements
yet integrated in one world.
The structure is a
creative tool of great potential in assessment, therapy, team, organisational
and educational work: flexible and empowering it provides a containing
structure and sufficient distance from material, enabling people to
think, observe, share perceptions of self, other and their world.
When used in therapy it is called the Five Story Self Structure. This
combines the simplicity of button sculpting with storymaking and a
method of mapping intrapsychic elements and interpersonal relationships
in miniature, enhancing the observer ego, promoting insight and integration.
It can be used with people to explore aspects of self (such as sexuality,
spirituality, personal power), their relationships with others, the
dynamics of organisations and teams. It can help to clarify the inter-connections
between different levels of experience; to make sense of complexity; and to enable meaning to emerge from chaos.
The structure is in effect a miniature theatre in which the dramas of the
self, significant others and the world can be shown and the client be both
creator, director and observing audience.
Click here to view a video clip of Dr John Casson talking about the Communicube.
Or click here to download the video clip to your computer.
Please note that it make take a few minutes to download depending on you internet connection speed.
The Large Communicube Photo By Paul Melia
The Small Communicube Photo By Paul Melia
Photo By Paul Melia
The Communiwell is a circular version
which, instead of the grid of squares, has three concentric circles.
Some people prefer this version: it offers clients and therapists
a choice and has some specific, useful aspects such as providing a
template for exploring the social, role and cultural atoms of Moreno.
The structures are used in the game Quintessence.
This is a co-operative game of free association inspired by Herman
Hesse's Glass Bead Game. The rules for the game are provided in
the users' manual, which comes with the structures. This game, which
explores the stories, memories and associations of the players,
can be used in therapy or for fun.
A still from the Communicube Film
We have made a training film (available on DVD or video) so that you may learn the methods of working with the structures and see these in action. Here is a trailer:
The arrangements of buttons and objects can be recorded by the therapist so they can be available for future sessions on a proforma. To download these please click on the links below, at the foot of this page: