Monday, 26 July 2010
Following a non equilibrium growth process, I`ve temporarily moved my blog to another site. To see it click ,Here.
Science- Crochet may continue here, but maybe not.
As the Portugese say,
` Talvez, Talvez nau. Quem sabe?` - ` Maybe , Maybe not , who knows?`
Sunday, 4 July 2010
This photo is one of a series of romantic and beautiful studies by"Enid " on flickr. The series carefully and intellegently investigates domestic objects, as seen through the lens of a microscope. The concept and results reminded me of bits of my own investigation (great minds think alike ...) and brought to mind the quote from Blaise Pascal, `Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference nowhere`.
He has many recorded quotes, i particularly liked `Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice, falling in love with you I had no control over.`
Circling something in black, makes an interesting visual captive cage . Somehow, the boundaries don`t decrease or detract from the effect of the circles contents, illustrating the Pascal quote. Although it gives limitations within the boundaries, to the immediate dimensions of the image. More More circular work Here. I find circular shapes enchanting . Smooth, graceful ,perfect, optimistic, mysterious, silent, generous . There is a completeness and entity about the shape .
The simple circle is drawn in two dimensions, one of the first geometric shapes we understand as infants. Three dimensions and we have the glorious bouncing sphere. Animated and planetary. Above that in four or more dimensions the shape is called a hypersphere. As the dimensions in mathematical terms increase, my understanding decreases. Except the understanding of hyperbolic crochet that increases on a non Euclidean plane, in multi dimensions. The two dimensional circle and three dimensional sphere operate efficiently within the boundaries of Newtonian mechanics. To investigate the realms of the sphere within the supergalactic or subatomic, it becomes necessary to apply the laws of quantum, and to consider the application of further dimensions. Click the bar at the bottom to see a film.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
The Queens official birthday today. Have a nice one your Maj. In her honours list we have two well deserved awards.
First Professor Brian Cox- (super fox). If science is the new religion, Coxy is our begotten saviour, big time. Handsome, genius and media omnipresent. He received an OBE. He should be made king. Of the world, no, the Universe. He has done more to advance the public education in science matters than anything else ever. He has wonderful clarity of thought and a loyalty to his craft that is admirable. And he is breath- stoppingly gorgeous.
Also an MBE for the legend that is John Cale. The man behind the viola drone and most of the arranging on the Velvet Underground`s seminal album. Sometimes referred to as the `Banana`album. Real life living legend, experimental musician and superstar, he caused much opinion and conversation with his installation ` Dark Days`, in the Welsh pavilion ,at the Venice Biennale last year. His biography `Whats Welsh for Zen?` was an astonishing read.
Music and science. One and the same thing, inextricably linked. Scales, systems, maths and movement. The legend that was, or may have been, the pre-Socratic mystic and scientist, Pythagoras, had many beautiful theories about the links between what was then perceived as the Cosmos, and the mathematics that described music and the motions of planetary ellipses. After a vision from the God Thoth, he conceived `The Harmony of the Spheres`.
Johannes Kepler's 1619 treatise , `Harmonica Mundi `,was inspired by Pythagoras writings, you can hear a contenporary musical interpretation , click the link.
Kepler was one of the greatest mathematicians of that time. He wrote `Eponymous Laws for planetary motion `, which in turn informed (Sir) Issac Newtons laws on gravitational force.
So, a job traditionally filled by legends , is now safely being filled by my favorite public science figure. (Note I didn't use the term celebrity). Just so happens that Professor Brian Cox was also a pop star, before he became a scientist for a living.
The links between art and science.
I would love to discuss the origins of the universe with John Cale.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Division of the Euclidean plain.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
For more `Druid`s Cord Saint Asaph`s Loop` Flickr pictures click. here
For short documentary films about past installations click here