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MATRIX: MATHEMATICIANS _ HEART OF GOLD AND THE ABYSS

Aug.12,2014 - Jan.11,2015

  • MATRIX: MATHEMATICIANS _ HEART OF GOLD AND THE ABYSS
  • A mathematician's search for a logical proof
  • A mathematician's search for a logical proof
  • A mathematician's search for a logical proof
  • A mathematician's search for a logical proof
  • Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014
  • Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014
  • Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014
  • Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014
  • Xavier Veilhan, <Air Hockey Table>, 2008
  • Carsten Nicolai, <Grid Index>, 2009
  • Bernar Venet, <Saturation with a Large Curve>, 2008

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MATRIX: MATHEMATICIANS _ HEART OF GOLD AND THE ABYSS

A mathematician's search for a logical proof

A mathematician's search for a logical proof

A mathematician's search for a logical proof

A mathematician's search for a logical proof

Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014

Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014

Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014

Sulki & Min, <College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics>, 2014

Xavier Veilhan, <Air Hockey Table>, 2008

Carsten Nicolai, <Grid Index>, 2009

Bernar Venet, <Saturation with a Large Curve>, 2008

Current exhibition booked
  • Period Aug.12,2014 - Jan.11,2015
  • Venue Gallery 3, 4, Multi-Project Hall, Middle Floor, Co
  • Artists Bernar Venet, Ekaterina Eremenko, Random Walks, Sulki&Min, Hee-jin SONG, Xavier Veihan, Hyoung-Gul Kook, Jiwon You, Carsten Nicolai, Kenny Kyungmi Kim, Sangmin Jade Lee, Gang, Seong Lee etc
  • Organ
    ized by / Suppo
    rted by
    MMCA
  • Admission       4,000won(Tickets for all exhibition at MMCA Seoul)

  • Exhibition
    introduction

Matrix: Mathematicians_Heart of Gold and the Abyss is an exhibition to explore how contemporary artists view the mathematization of modern society.

 

The word ‘matrix’ in the title does not directly convey the theme of the exhibition. Thus, the subtitle was used to symbolize the mathematization of today’s world, which, since the modern age, has been regulated by numbers and calculations (matrices and operations). Artists are not free from the world of numbers and calculations. At the most basic level, they must be able to calculate the quantity, scale, and price of their artworks. The primary goal of this exhibition is to discover how contemporary artists view the mathematization of today’s world.

 

Also, the International Congress of Mathematicians will be held in Korea for the first time (2014.8.13 - 8.21). To commemorate this international event, which features the participation of approximately 5,000 mathematicians from 100 countries, the exhibition is designed to create meaningful exchanges between the mathematical and artistic communities. 

 

Venue    Gallery 3, 4, Multi-Project Hall, Middle Floor, Corridor 

Period    August 12, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Organizer    National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Sponsored by   Seoul ICM 2014 

Participating artists
Bernar Venet, Ekaterina Eremenko, Random Walks, Sulki&Min, Hee-jin SONG, Xavier Veihan, Hyoung-Gul Kook, Jiwon You, Carsten Nicolai, Kenny Kyungmi Kim, Sangmin Jade Lee, Gang Seong Lee, PyoungRyang Ko 
 

 

 

Selected Artists and Artworks

Bernar Venet (France, 1941-), Saturation with Large Curve, 2008

Bernar Venet is a revered sculptor and conceptual artist who seeks to examine the essence that lays hidden beneath the images of art. For him, the most effective tool for this inquiry is mathematics. As characterized by Saturation with Large Curve, his works should be viewed as pure sculptures made from the material of mathematical elements, with no direct attachment to theory or signification. Freed from the restrictions of theoretical consideration, we may enter a new realm of abstraction that surpasses the minimalist claims of geometric molding

 

Sulki & Min (South Korea, Min Choi 1972-, Sulki Choi 1977-), College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics, 2014

College Scholastic Ability Test for 1997: Mathematics by the graphic designers Sulki and Min pays homage to a test that best embodied the solemn beauty of mathematics and its education: a test known as one of the most difficult in history. The artists, who "chose art over math for the short of sensitivity to study the latter," respond to the math problems, which they cannot possibly solve, with their own method of "wrong abstraction."

 

Xavier Veilhan (France, 1963-), Standard Meter (n°10/12, n°6/12), 2007

Xavier Veilhan combines a modernist sensibility with the grammar and vocabulary of traditional art. To incorporate new technology in his work, he applies theories of mathematics and modern physics. At the end of the eighteenth century, the French government was seeking a standardized unit in order to facilitate trade between different cultures. As a result, they created and adopted the standard of one meter, which is now used throughout the world. Standard Meter reinterprets the legacy of the metric system through a simple, minimalist shape created with highly sophisticated technology. Notably, the bar’s length is precisely one meter, down to the level of a single micron.

 

Carsten Nicolai (Germany, 1965-), Grid Index, 2009, Moiré Index, 2010

Carsten Nicolai is a German electronic musician and media artist whose works are generally based on the scientific reference system. For this exhibition, he suggests a decisive visual dictionary on audio-visual phenomena related to mathematical patterns, including two-dimensional grids, randomness, structural phenomena of self-organization, etc.

 

FAQ

Q: Is the subtitle ‘Mathematicians _ Heart of Gold and the Abyss’ really necessary?

A: The subtitle was chosen to symbolize the mathematization of today’s world, which, since the modern era, has been regulated by numbers and calculations (matrices and operations).

However, the idea of a mathematized society should not carry the negative connotation of a cold, calculating world. Although Kurt Gödel shattered the dream of completeness by showing that indeterminacy was inherent to every mathematical system, we continue to use math to effectively advance our society, not only in the field of mathematics, but in science, law, digital aesthetics, etc. Mathematicians have always been driven by an unquenchable passion to discover the essential truth of the universe. This yearning for a heart of gold has persisted throughout the ages, and will certainly continue to motivate all of our future endeavors.

Art, on the other hand, awakens us to the gaps and exits in our society, which we cannot otherwise see, either because they are invisible or because we avoid looking at them. Thus, the power of art lies in its capacity to make people see points that are impossible to calculate or determine, thus enabling us to imagine totally different ways of life. The exhibition title refers to Martin Heidegger, who referred to such points as the abgrund, or abyss.

 

Q: That seems somewhat abstruse for general visitors. Couldn’t you make it a little easier and more welcoming?

A: Many famous artists have created paintings that involve mathematical allegories or geometrical objects, including M.C. Escher (1898-1972), Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), and Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). But it can be very difficult to receive intellectual pleasure from looking at such works, because they are almost impossible to analyze intuitively. But this exhibition is not a test, and the artworks are not problems to be solved.

As I mentioned, the main objective is to find out how contemporary artists view the mathematized world. Even people who feel a little hesitant about this new visual experience because they lack advanced knowledge are sure to enjoy these materials, because they can draw on their own experience in this mathematized world.

 

Q: When will the exhibition catalogue be published?

A: It will be published before the end of the exhibition.

 

Exhibition Related Events 

o Artists Talk

- Date: August 23. 2014 (SAT)

- Program: The talk concert with Dr. Cedric Villani, the Fields Medalist of ICM 2010, and Ekaterina Eremenko, the director of a documentary film where Dr. Villani participated

 

Special Cinema Programme

- Date: August 13. 2014 – September 20. 2014

- Movies: <Primer>, <Upstream Color>

 

Education Program

Look into an exhibition (for Elementary school classes) / Look into an exhibition (for Secondary school classes) / Art workshop

- Date: Every Wednesday 10:00-11:00 from September to December

- Participant: Group of students from elementary to high schools, clubs, and adults

- Program: Focused concentration training on <Matrix> and workbook activity

 

Exhibition Highlights and Interpretation

- Date: TUE-SUN 11:00 / 14:00 / 16:00

 

Annual conference of the Korean Society of Art Theories

- Date: October 25. 2014 (SAT)

- Program: Presentation of a scientific research on ‘Mathematics and Art’

 

Schedule changes may occur depending on the situation.

   Please refer to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art website(www.mmca.go.kr) for more detailed information.

 

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