Archives for the Month of October, 2012

Selected Tweets #17: Horizon Houses, Hydraulic Calculators and the Sounds of Sorting Algorithms

Horizon Houses - Lebbeus Woodsfrom Horizon Houses – Lebbeus Woods.

Selected tweets from my Twitter stream: @MrPrudence

Subterranea series of drawings by Rick Gooding with optical Escher-esque tunnels and passageways.

Gardens as Crypto-Water-Computers at Pruned – Hydraulic calculators & landscape proto-supercomputers.

Lebbeus Wood’s Horizon Houses are spatial ['inhabitable'] structures that turn either continuously or from/to fixed positions.

HVilla d'Este TivoliVilla d’Este Tivoli – Gardens as crypto-water computers.

The Importance of being Axonometric. Michael Stoll on his collection of printed axonometric maps & data-visualisations.

Micromegas – Daniel Libeskind. Complex schematic/blueprint style architectural drawings from 1979.

Cath Campbell’s architectural/perspective drawings are composed using paper-cut relief-work.

Víctor Adán’s creates sonographical and waveform prints/drawings using ink on paper.

Centric Diatoms – California Academy of Sciences Flickr set of bioglyphs from the Microworld.

Subterranea - Rick GoodingSubterranea – Rick Gooding.

Quasi-Objects, C studies – Lorenzo Oggiano’s ongoing series of bio/organism ‘redesigns’.

Carlo Bernardini uses optic fibers, stainless steel & electroluminescent surfaces to create angular light installations.

Joseph Paradiso’s Massive Modular Synthesizer where ‘act of wiring becomes a form of composition’ [image].

Arachnoidiscus stictodiscoides - California Academy of Sciences Fonoptera I – Victor Adan.

Soundcube 1969 and other works – Bernhard Leitner Sound as a ‘network space’.

John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis performance of 1964 [PDF] – the conductor was replaced by a clock with baton attached to it.

Permutations, generations and subtexts of Binary Symmetry explored by MC Hess.

Arachnoidiscus stictodiscoides - California Academy of SciencesArachnoidiscus stictodiscoides – California Academy of Sciences.

Entropy is a programming language where data decays as the program runs.

Listen to the structural differences of sorting algorithms at the Institute for Algorhythmics.

Louise Despont – Geometric Channeling

Correspondence I & II - LouiseDespontCorrespondence I & II – Louise Despont

Louise Despont’s delicate geometric configurations drawn onto vintage ledger papers reveal a personal mytho-hermetic dictionary of esoteric cosmologies and knowledge systems.

The drawings are composed of multiple lines, circles, triangles and hexagons that combine to build architectural constellations, hieroglyphic matrices and crystalline maps of occult correspondences. The local interactions of these simple shapes inter-fuse to generate increasingly complex global structures – an allegory for the way fragments of knowledge accrete together to create holistic doctrines. This kind of procedural precision obsessed drawing, where one has no idea of the end result, could be seen as a kind of channeling of forms. Here drawing is a mantra for invoking figurative manifestations via the nested loops of hand-eye-brain feedback loop algorithm.

No.14 – Louise DespontNo.14 – Louise Despont

Anagrams of  Vision No.3 – Louise DespontAnagrams of Vision No.3 – Louise Despont

Her work reminds us of the drawings of Emma Kunz and Augustin Lesage who both employed complex geometric configurations to create visual archetypes of esoteric universalism.

Garden Aerial – Louise DespontGarden Aerial – Louise Despont

It also seems that Louise’s secret ideographic structures have similarities to the pages of the famously mysterious Voynich Manuscript which represent the alchemical phase transitions and syncretic relationships between the animal, vegetable and mineral domains. We have further inklings of the works of Wenzel Jamitzer, the Nuremberg Goldsmith who, in the 16th Century, explored infinite variations of perspective from the five fundamental platonic bodies.

Swedenborg's Index – Louise DespontSwedenborg’s Index – Louise Despont

For Calder – Louise DespontFor Calder – Louise Despont

‘I think both the process and the outcome of that process can be meditative and I’m interested in art that has a meditative quality. For me drawing is a starting point to exploring energies and dynamics that are unseen but felt’.

Related Posts:

Emma McNally – Emergent Cartographies
Robert Horvitz – Quantum Symmetries
Emma Kunz – Geometric Visionary
Bruce Pollock – A Scroll Through the Alluvial Cellular Terrain
Erwin Keustermans – Patterns by Partition