World Device II – Clair

I used a geometrical pattern out of the Alhambra in Spain
as the basis for making this architectural world.
In mathematics this is called a ‘tessellation’:
an infinitely repeating shape without overlaps.

By using this method I add an extra dimension to
the original historic pattern. This work tries to form
a bridge between our contemporary society and the historical culture
on which we have built through the ages.
We are standing on the shoulders of giants.

Searching for harmony in geometrical shapes is
like searching for the holy grail.
Intuitively I know that the ultimate beauty lies within it,
but the road that leads to it I have yet to find.

Max Tegmark, a renowned Swedish-American Professor
in Physics and Cosmology at MIT, wrote a book called
“Our Mathematical Universe” in which he posits that
reality is in fact a mathematical structure.

Maybe with this work I can reveal a glimpse of
he mathematical base structure behind our reality.

It is an ideal in architecture to find as much harmony as possible by
designing each smaller element as a reflection of the bigger whole.
This way these tessellations could be
the ultimate harmonious architecture.

Mathematical Universes – Panoptica I

Mathematical Universes – Panoptica I

This is a new type of installations which I name ‘Mathematical Universes‘.

This first one in the series is called Panoptica I, as a reference to the societal model that was developed by Michel Foucault as a reaction to a new type of concentric prison invented by Jeremy Bentham.

The installation tries to create a bridge in between the nano-, micro- and macro-world. I show an infinite geometrical world, as it also exists on the scale of an atoms and microbiological life.

The evolution of the sciences supports the belief that our reality is completely mathematical. Do we live in a deterministic universe? Are we the the captain of our own ship?

World Device I

World Device I

I took a photo of a geometric pattern on a wall of the Bou Inania Madrasa,
a religious school from the 14th century in the city of Meknes, Morocco.
It is a legacy of the Marinid Dynasty and a marvel of Islamic architecture.

I used this photo to create my own geometric pattern.
Once I got the two-dimensional pattern down I used this as a base to create a three-dimensional city.

I took what is already there and I made a hidden world visible.
The same way nature and our society are full of hidden patterns and it is impossible to see them all.

Max Tegmark, a renowned Swedish-American Professor in Physics and Cosmology at MIT,
wrote a book called “Our Mathematical Universe” in which he posits that reality is in fact a mathematical structure.

It is up for debate if this theory is true, but maybe I can reveal a
glimpse of the mathematical base structure behind our reality.

Below you can see the process in making “World Device”

This artwork is printed on very high quality German Etching paper from Hahnemühle.

The frame is a design of Pieter Léon Vermeersch and is considered to be a part of the artwork.

This artwork is for sale in 9 limited editions. For the moment 2 are already sold, 7 are still available.

With frame the artwork measures 160 x 100 cm.

Email me for availability at [email protected]