The visualization of sound presented in book form and accompanied by a CD-ROM by Carsten Nicolai, the creator of our successful Grid Index and Moiré Index titles. Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai both work at the cutting-edge of contemporary electronic music and sound art. In 1999, the two artists initiated the joint project cyclo., which is devoted to the visualization of sound. In their shared work, they generate new hybrid forms of audiovisual art and expand the possibilities of digital technology. The project’s first publication is cylco. id, a book and included CD-ROM that offer a multimedia and interactive documentation of the audiovisual material that Nicolai and Ikeda have collected, researched, and created since they began working together. The featured images are formed by the metering of sound bits that have been selected by the artists with meticulous care according to their acoustic and illustrative potential. The material collected in cyclo. id is pure elegance, and its rich structural complexity is inspiring for anyone working with sounds and forms. Visually fascinating, the examples also invite the viewer to play and experiment with them. The open-source format of the digital files makes it easy for creatives to further develop the data and use them in their own work. Carsten Nicolai, the renowned German contemporary artist who successfully documented fundamental visual structures in Grid Index and Moiré Index, has been working at the intersection of art and science since the early 1990s. The work of Ryoji Ikeda, one of Japan’s leading electronic composers, explores the physical properties of sound.
The young German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai uses electronic sound and visual art as a kind of hybrid tool to create his very special microscopic view of creative processes. Nicolai has performed and created installations in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces.
Berlin-based artist and musician Carsten Nicolai, born in 1965, is one of very few contemporary artists who convincingly work in the conflict zone between art, science and sound. Equally respected in the art world and the electronic music community, his works lay open the functional principles of codification, self-organization and perception so that the hand of the artist recedes and the classical notion of an oeuvre is put into question. Drawing on sounds available in our everyday environment, Nicolai creates soundscapes and installations redolent with clicks and blips from telephones, faxes and other technological detritus: he creates an elementary, universal language that eludes rationality, requesting instead to simply be perceived by the individual. This survey spans from Nicolai’s well-known 1997 Documenta X project, “Infinity”—in which 72 short audio works were discretely embedded throughout Kassel’s public spaces—to new pieces produced for a recent solo exhibition at Zurich’s Haus Konstruktiv.
Want to see what sound thinking looks like? Tune into the gorgeously spare, sophisticated and aurally inspired sculptures, installations and paintings of noted sound artist Carsten Nicolai in the most comprehensive collection to date of his work. From 2004,Perfect Square's flat glass sheets play with mathematical theory, while elsewhere, turntables, speakers and fluorescent lights rock his audiovisual environments.
Poemotion is an interactive book-object. The abstract graphical patterns in this small volume are set in motion as soon as you move the attached special foil across them: moiré effects allow complex forms to develop, set circles in motion and make graphical patterns vibrate. Inspired by Seesaw, an earlier book from the publisher, in a playful and at the same time minimalist way the Japanese designer Takahiro Kurashima establishes a link to the motif of a “School of Seeing” that has long occupied a special place in the program of Lars Müller Publishers. With this book the viewer can discover how, as if by magic, figures and forms are created out of optical overlays, set in motion and then disappear again. In the era of digitalization this book shows that interactivity is also possible in the format of the analogous, bound book.
A comprehensive reference in design science, bringing together material from the areas of proportion in architecture and design, tilings and patterns, polyhedra, and symmetry. The book presents both theory and practice and has more than 750 illustrations. It is suitable for research in a variety of fields and as an aid to teaching a course in the mathematics of design. It has been influential in stimulating the burgeoning interest in the relationship between mathematics and design. In the second edition, there are five new sections, supplementary, as well as a new preface describing the advances in design science since the publication of the first edition.
Fivefold symmetry is common in flowers, fruits, molecules, logos, and buildings, but it is a forbidden symmetry in the world of crystals. A few years ago, the so-called quasicrystals were discovered displaying fivefold symmetry, and it caused a minirevolution in crystallography. There has been increased awareness of fivefold symmetry in all domains of human interest ever since. The present book brings together authors and ideas on a common theme from mathematics, the sciences, design, and anthropology to history, literature, and the arts. Its 29 chapters are an offering by scientists and humanists from 13 countries to a broad readership of professionals and laypersons about fivefold symmetry and the areas that are being bridged by this unique concept.
This book presents the fundamentals of chaos theory in conservative systems and provides a systematic study of the theory of transitional states of physical systems that lie between deterministic and chaotic behavior. The authors begin with the general concepts of Hamiltonian dynamics, stabililty, and chaos, and then discuss the theory of stochastic layers and webs and the numerous applications of this theory, particularly to pattern symmetry. Throughout, they are meticulous in providing a detailed presentation of the material, which enables the reader to learn the necessary computational methods and to apply them to other problems. The inclusion of computer graphics will aid understanding and the final section of the book contains a collection of patterns in art and living nature that will fascinate.
"I work to overcome visual illiteracy and mathematics anxiety" Arthur L. Loeb, Harvard University Towards this goal, the author of "Concepts and Images" has for more than twenty years presented his seminar workshop for visual mathematics at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. He has inspired his students to experiment with particular patterns, leading inductively to more general fundamental principles, then to an understanding and appreciation of the concept of "design science" and thence to freedom from the visual illiteracy that affects our man-made environment and its relation to our natural ecology. The book is designed as a workbook, rich with easily traceable illustrations that have been designed, not to demonstrate computer graphics or technical drafting skills, but for the average reader with traditional tools — straight edges, triangles, compasses, and a French curve. It stimulates readers to find correct answers by posing for them the right questions in the search for understanding of abstract concepts. "Concepts and Images" is for anyone dealing with the properties of space, be it mathematically abstract, physically present in nature, or created for a built environment. It will be useful in many general courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering as well as in some specific studies such as crystallography, art and architecture, city planning and urban design, mineralogy, metallurgy, and others. It truly represents: The Link Between Science and Art.