"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." 

—Bertrand Russell

The Beauty of Mathematics by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.”

—Betrand Russell

from The Beauty of Mathematics by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux

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I am a former high-frequency trader. For a few wonderful years I led a group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians, and together we traded in the electronic marketplaces and pushed systems to the edge of their capability.
…I remember coming home late one night, and my mother, a math teacher, asked why I was so depressed and exhausted. I said, “Imagine every day you have to figure out a small part of the world. You develop fantastic machines, which can measure everything, and you deploy them to track an object falling. You analyze a million occurrences of this falling event, and along with some of the greatest minds you know, you discover gravity. It’s perfect: you can model it, define it, measure it, and predict it. You test it with your colleagues and say, ‘I will drop this apple from my hand, and it will hit the ground in 3.2 seconds,’ and it does. Then two weeks later, you go to a large conference. You drop the apple in front of the crowd…and it floats up and flies out the window. Gravity is no longer true; it was, but it isn’t now. That’s [High Frequency Trading]. As soon as you discover it, you have only a few weeks to capitalize on it; then you have to start all over.”

Barbarians at the Gateways - ACM Queue

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video of Robert Howsare’s Drawing Apparatus

On this basis, Robert Howsare plays with the arbitrary factor to create an exquisite collection of posters. As a tool; Drawing apparatus: The system is simple as well as effective. Consists of two articulated wooden arms, which are connected to a disk player. Thereby, the rotation leads the arm with a marker to different drawing patterns. Changing variables as the length of the arm or the disk’s speed create different shapes. Pure lines full of interesting styling. (+)

What if a new apparatus were constructed such that different songs could produce different visual patterns?

from Robert Howsare’s Drawing Apparatus
This is so cool.
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from Robert Howsare’s Drawing Apparatus

This is so cool.

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A Window or Small Box by Victo Ngai

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This illustration accompanies short story ” A Window or Small Box” by Jedediah Berry for Tor.com. This fun, trippy and weird novelette is about a couple about to get married who find themselves on the run from “goons” in a magical alternative United States. I really enjoyed the magical quality, colorful visuals and the layers of riddles in the story, which inspired this particular piece. And if it’s not obvious enough, I was also paying tribute to the one and the only Escher. 

( I was re-listening to my favorite book LOTR while inking this piece, so the pattern went a bit crazy! )

You can read the story here

Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo, always a pleasure. I find my best works are often for clients who trust me and let me go wild.

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Vessel by Owen Schuh
Imagine all the things this illustration could represent.

Vessel by Owen Schuh

Imagine all the things this illustration could represent.

Recursive Network by Owen Schuh

Owen comments on his process:
‘Although the spectre of determinism and reductionism lurks behind every corner I find the process of utilizing mathematical rigor to actually be a liberating one.  Though I must submit to the dictates of an algorithm I gain access to new formal and structural possibilities. In most cases, though each step is rigidly determined the end result cannot be predicted ahead of time nor can it be worked backwards to deduce a unique original state.’

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature

Recursive Network by Owen Schuh

Owen comments on his process:

‘Although the spectre of determinism and reductionism lurks behind every corner I find the process of utilizing mathematical rigor to actually be a liberating one.  Though I must submit to the dictates of an algorithm I gain access to new formal and structural possibilities. In most cases, though each step is rigidly determined the end result cannot be predicted ahead of time nor can it be worked backwards to deduce a unique original state.’

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature

Turbulence by Owen Schuh

Owen uses well known rule-based systems such as Cellular Automata, circle packing algorithms, L-Systems and Fractal geometry to create his works. Step-by-step computations simulate activation and inhibition processes so that each temporal slice has the possibility to generate new branching and subset behaviours. This process is made visible in works such as Turbulence and Disturbance, where linear patterns insinuate the chaotic and stochastic behaviour of fluid flow and velocity fluctuations.

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature

Turbulence by Owen Schuh

Owen uses well known rule-based systems such as Cellular Automata, circle packing algorithms, L-Systems and Fractal geometry to create his works. Step-by-step computations simulate activation and inhibition processes so that each temporal slice has the possibility to generate new branching and subset behaviours. This process is made visible in works such as Turbulence and Disturbance, where linear patterns insinuate the chaotic and stochastic behaviour of fluid flow and velocity fluctuations.

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature

Disturbance by Owen Schuh

Owen Schuh uses mathematical procedures, sometimes with the aid of a calculator as well as bespoke drawing machines, to generate emergent drawings which evoke computational and natural system visualisations. One of the key aspects of Owen’s work is the use of simple formulae, iteratively, to direct the growth of complex structures – local calculations give rise to autonomous and unexpected global configurations.

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature
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Disturbance by Owen Schuh

Owen Schuh uses mathematical procedures, sometimes with the aid of a calculator as well as bespoke drawing machines, to generate emergent drawings which evoke computational and natural system visualisations. One of the key aspects of Owen’s work is the use of simple formulae, iteratively, to direct the growth of complex structures – local calculations give rise to autonomous and unexpected global configurations.

Owen Schuh – Calculation and Iteration Drawings | Dataisnature

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