Friday, December 17, 2010

Science, Math and Art

Mirror #10 Sketch Mirror
 Snow Mirror 2006 
Darwinian Straw Mirror 2010
Each of the above photograph is my portrait -amazing interactive imagery with custom software, video camera projector and silk screen courtesy of    "Contrast: Interactive Work by Daniel Rozin"  - an installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art at Norfolk, VA.   The museum web site explains : "Daniel Rozin's work combines art, technology — and the viewer — to create a distinctive artistic experience. Though computers and machinery play a key role in his digital interactive installations, the science behind the work is seldom visible. The idea is to create works that not only incorporate change and movement, but that also respond to viewers in real time. Thanks to the use of video projection and sophisticated programming, visitors can become part of the art, or the art can change based on the movements or perspective of the viewer. Part sculpture, part mirror, part screen, his works often defy easy categorization,"  It was truly a surreal experience to see my image emerge, change, and dissolve and emerge again as I moved about.  And there was so much laughter, excitement and child like sheer pleasure at the gallery  as each of us -viewers- discovered we were the ones creating 'art' in there :) 

Speaking of science and math and art, two days ago I watched a Nova program on PBS on Fractals and once again mesmerized by the beauty in math, science and nature.  I have been googling Fractals to learn more about it - I had come across it a few years ago and continue to be fascinated by the phenomenon and the designs they create :)

And one more link : check out some wonderful quirky artsy math doodling of Vi Hart and explore her website.

So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
—Jonathan Swift, from "On Poetry: A Rhapsody"


padmaja said...

The technicality behind art seems to be amazing.. thanks for enlightening me on this.. will check out the links now Meera:-)

meera said...

Thank you Padmaja, I never cease to be amazed to see how everything is interconnected!

Thaikaden said...

Each work is a small encyclopaedia.

Crystal Cook said...

Wow. Those are simply amazing! Thanks for this meera :)

meera said...

Thank you @Thaikaden and Crystal -- it was indeed a wonderful experience to part of that art installation! Amazing meeting of science, technology and Art indeed!

Kathy Staicer said...

What a wonderful experience! The integration of artist and viewer.

meera said...

Thanks Kathy -- I hope you got to check it out too :)

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