Up to now, I have been struggling to find the style of my piece and the methodology to construct it.
However, I have it clear now. The main concept I will communicate is FINITE MOMENTS IN THE INFINITY OF THE UNIVERSE. Although the name of the project will be “Finite Moments”.
With my piece, I am going to communicate SUBJECTIVISM, MUNDANE LIFE, and UNIVERSE or MISTIC AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSION. To do so, I will dive into the concepts of INFINITY and FINITY. Wrapping everything up under the concept of GENERATIVE ART.
Generative Art is the art created by a non-human entity, in which the artist does not have full control of the result. Mostly, Generative Art is associated with pieces which are made using computers and code, although it might be done with other kind of systems that behave on their own, such as chemistry, biology or physics. (Wikipedia, 2015)
Here is another definition of Generative Art that I find really clear and comprehensible:
“Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist uses a system, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedural invention, which is set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art.” (Galanter, )
Below there is an example of Generative Art made with robots. (Regin, 2012)
Another kind of Generative Art could be made with data blending. An artist which I personally love and who uses this method is Sabato Visconty:
I have decided to relate this project with Generative Art because it makes me think of life itself. In which, apparently, you have control over some factors but not over the whole. And there is always, what appears to be, a random surprising factor that you would not expect. In fact, I could say that, Generative Art and Life itself, have quite a lot in common (the surprise factor, control over some parts, events that some times get out of hand, the uniqueness and unrepeatableness of each piece/moment, the subjectiveness in the interpretation of it…). And since my concept is directly related with life itself, what a better way to capture it than with the magic randomness of Generative Art.
As I have said, my piece is about life itself, and since I have decided to approach it in an artistic way, I will construct the essence of the project from my point of view. Not as something absolute and final but as something subjective and questionable. Having said that, for me life is, apart from many other things, about the constant wavy mixture of INFINITY AND FINITENESS.
The dictionary describes these words as follows:
INFINITY: “In general, infinity is the quality or state of endlessness or having no limits in terms of time, space, or other quantity. In mathematics, infinity is the conceptual expression of such a “numberless” number.” (Rouse, 2005)
FINITENESS: “The quality of being finite” (Memidex, 2013)
FINITE:”Limited in size or extend” (Oxford Dictionary, 2015)
And from my point of view, Infinity is: UNIVERSE, COLOUR, ABSOLUTE IDEAS SUCH AS ARCHETYPES, THE “ALL”, CONCEPTS, THE IDEA OF DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES, SPIRITUAL RELATED MATTERS, ABSOLUTE IDEAS. Whereas finiteness is: MUNDANE LIFE, EXPERIENCES ITSEF, TIME, SPACE, OBJECTS, EVERY MATERIAL OBJECT, BODIES, WORLDLY RELATED MATTERS, 3DIMENTIONAL WORLD. In a nutshell, finiteness in life would be described by any experience that does not last forever. Whereas INFINITY would be anything which remains everlasting.
In the last post I was exploring fractals. They are a good example of infinite shapes made out of finite ones. It is a part of the wavy relationship between finiteness and infinity I was describing before. Small parties, that even with their limitation, together make something endless/boundless.
Nowadays, fractals are created mathematically using computer software, but they have been reproduced for many years of humanity. Long before computers existed and long before it was known that they were infinite by mathematical laws. One example is mandalas: “(Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.” (Wikipedia, 2015). Mandalas have been reproduced since the 4t century. The creation of a mandala symbolises a kind of catalyst that transforms the pains of life into beauty and joy. Some subjects also use it to meditate and become a better self (Blume, 2015).
I find it really thought provoking and makes me ponder many things the fact that many centuries before fractals were discovered, monks were already creating those infinite patterns to describe the universe without knowing that those shapes had infinity properties for real. It makes me believe that it can not be something else but intuition and connectedness.
Traveling a bit closer to the present, in 1817, a Scottish inventor named Sir David Brewster, created a sort of telescope which he himself coined with the term of “Kaleidoscope”. It is an opaque tube with an entrance of light at the bottom, and with different mirrors placed in the interior, with an angle of 60º, so that one reflects the other. There is a third component, small pieces that get reflected by the mirrors. The idea is to look through an small hole at one end of the tube while rotating the artefact. The mirrors reflect the pieces while those are moving because of the rotation, creating thus different fractal shapes. (Wikipedia, 2015)
I always have find this object very magical. And it is another example of how you can create infinite patterns out of finite objects such as small pieces, light, mirrors and reflection.
Therefore, what I have decided, is to recreate a Kaleidoscope making a camera Kaleidoscope. And with it represent both, the finiteness found in the infinity and the infinity found in finiteness.
It will take values of our finite and mundane world such as SOUND, COLOUR, BRIGHTNESS, IMAGE, AND ALSO MOMENTS. Creating a fractal-like pattern, similar to a kaleidoscope. Trying, hence, to portrait the finiteness of the moment in which the picture/video is taken, and transport it to the infinity in which it is found.
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Visconti, S., 2015. Glitch Art. [online] Sabato Visconti. Available on: http://www.sabatobox.com/glitch-photography
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