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GEDANKENEXPERIMENT Curated by Sarah Tanguy |
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave. NW. Washington, DC June 16, 2014 – August 22, 2014 Opening Reception June 20, 6 - 9 pm. |
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Definition: Gedankenexperiment, (German: thought experiment) term used by German-born Albert Einstein to describe his unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. |
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Computer Virus Sculpture #1:
Floppy (2009)This piece manifests the dialectic between the primal and the dual. The principle of duality was conceptualized by mathematicians in the 1940s. The Found Object movement, tracing back to Picasso and Duchamp, has duality in its locus of inspiration. |
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The mathematical theory explored in my submission is the theory of duality. The theory holds that an optimization problem can be viewed from two perspectives: the The theory of duality was formally conceptualized by mathematicians John von Neumann, Harold Kuhn, Albert Tucker in the late 1940s. It is used to tackle optimization problems in a wide range of fields, including computer science, linear programming, game theory, engineering, geometry and economics. This principle can also be applied to art. The dialectic between the primal and dual is a driving force in my approach to sculpture. In conceptualizing a new work, a sculptor can begin with a precise vision of the piece to create, then find the exactly right materials and do the work to implement the idea. Or, the sculptor can look around at available materials and imagine the best piece that could be made from them. Much of my art follows the latter approach: the dual. The genesis of
In this sense, we can say that much work in the Readymade and Found Object movement, tracing back to Picasso's |
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a) Adenovirus |
b) Bacteriophage |
c) Small rhombicosidodecahedron |
d) Icosahedron |
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