Graceful Crystallisation Mathias Gmachl Farmersmanual is a collaborative project of a growing number of individuals from around the world.
We have presented a range of activities from audiovisual laptop concerts and audience driven space based installations to distributed online events with local gateways. We have published music and maintain several websites documenting our work and ongoing research. We create software and ask questions about intellectual property. For us, learning is a continuous process in life and we recognize several ways to achieve insight. Our presentations can involve practicebased research that is open to the public. Let me react strongly to that, Marina. The crazy thing is that I feel like I'm a performance artist too, really. For me also, apart from creating new mathematics, one of the most intense moments is transmitting it to the public---I feel I'm a performer. I love sharing my enthusiasm for ideas with the public. 1 I have been a member of farmersmanual from the onset ten years ago. The following text is a personal account of the ideas and experiences perpetuating the work. The project I am writing about is called BuckyMedia and is part of our research and installation work.
The initial impulse for BuckyMedia came from reaching a point of saturation, which caused a state of disembodiment while keeping my head busy with the computational models that seem to underlie large parts of our modern world today. Behind me was an intense and relentless exploration of digital technology. Like mathematics had been unplugged from its mother, the natural sciences, only a few generations ago, I also got detached from experiencing our natural environment through a human body. I spent my childhood in the abundance of nature, but my education failed to convey the spiritual dimension of the forces around me. Nature was a simple resource and a finite one, similarly the human resource I was to become once equipped with the proper certificate. After spending years with some of my best friends listening to strange new sounds echoing back to us from the digital domain, I heard nature calling me for another chapter of the farmersmanual. As a group farmersmanual has no clear directive; no decision, no corporation. Rather I see it as an experiment about how much energy can be exchanged between systems when their vibrations coincide. I picture us in the ship of fools, endlessly drifting in the stormy weathers of the expansion of human consciousness: farmersmanual present their esoteric exercises in mobile computing and fundamental physics.
2 BuckyMedia is named after Buckminster Fuller. In my opinion. had them cut into parts and in a matter of two hours assembled the whole structure. And also reminds us of the fact that polyhedral forms are probably the only cultural forms in the visible universe that every possible extraterrestrial culture will know as the same. One side effect of such a study is the discovery of how surprisingly regular and harmonic the world of polyhedral geometry is. This symmetry works so different to our 4-fold/boxstandard solutions that we have so far failed to understand or even apply it. geometry comes much before mathematics. although platonic objects have been with us for several millennia. Bucky’s ideas are of such beauty and dynamism because they draw from qualities experienced in our natural environment: efficiency of the highest order. Lord Kelvin paid a visit to the United States. which can be observed in natural minerals. it seemed to greatly expand our notion of what spaces could be. who must have heard Kelvin speak in his dreams as a small boy.” Geometry is a spatial account of the fundamental harmonics our universe is built on.3 In our current division of subjects geometry is a subset of mathematics. these pure mathematical laws expose to us once more that the universe is a "planned phenomena". though. the fundamental language of pattern and spatial relationships. My first experience with geometry was working with a five-meter diameter geodesic sphere. Working on and living around this space had a remarkable affect on the people I was with: it united us as a group and became the center our activities revolved around. It is the three dimensional representation of waveforms self-organizing in a finite space. ordered the materials. because we calculate to describe its properties. We found a webpage containing Fuller’s formulas for construction. a principle once described by Goethe as “architecture is frozen music. Kelvin proclaimed himself in complete agreement with Nikola Tesla on two controversial issues: 1) that Mars was signaling America and 2) that the conservation of nonrenewable resources was of critical importance to the earth. polyhedral geometry would be a good issue to present. before we became familiar with satellite images of our planet. His term “Spaceship Earth” helped to change people’s perspectives and introduced the concept of sustainability to a wider audience. During his visit. which is a
. On an evolutionary level. It would seem that for a first understanding between our world and other universal citizens. The third dimension simulated on a computer is usually viewed flat. With the study of Fuller began a study of geometry. which removes us from the essence of spatial thinking. Unlike mathematics. The theoretical and mathematical research into geometry made me aware that. The term Quasi-crystal is only 21 years old and describes a spatial pattern based on 5-fold symmetry. the same harmonics that provide the framework for the exchange of all energies through the principle of resonance.In 1902. These 3D geometrical forms are therefore culturally independent. I learned that geometry must be understood through practice and seen and felt in space. there is still a lot to discover. Its sum was so much more than its parts.
the “creative industries” successfully protect corporations from too much original thinking. It reminds me of the music industry lobby trying to turn back time. 4 Today fundamental research is not only limited by our bias on vision and analytical methodologies. Physical laws control what is energetically possible both in nature as well as in society. This beauty originates in the secret of life. Our dependency on fossil fuels must be understood as a deliberate action to preserve that status quo. Thinking about the cosmological.
. Unfortunately for us this is the status of one hundred years ago. geometry cannot be created or invented. they have become manifestations of. in a very direct way. Leonardo’s use of the golden ration and any phylotaxis growth patterns in our gardens disintegrate into one category called beauty. describe the logarithmic self-similarity that structures the universe. Here the distinction between Mozart’s use of the G-major scale. But how can we seriously discuss everything from free speech to free software without imagining free energy? The inspiring work of archeoacoustician Paul Devereux is opening our ears towards an acoustic understanding of our past as well as the workings of our own consciousness in response to sound. when confronted with the new distribution possibilities the Internet has given us. Music and sound. Two others were sponsored by Philips and Pepsi and tried to show off the potentials of art and science collaborations including artists like Iannis Xenakis and Alvin Lucier. the evolutionary stage of the physical sciences limits the course of history and the cosmic extent of human civilization. it is also restrained by the powers of corporations. therefore. The only buildings created in the 20th century. provide a very direct way to communicate and study the most fundamental reality of our existence. a percussive sound made in a certain area to the north of the pyramid results in a curious ‘chirped echo’ rebounding off the it’s face that resembles the call of the bird it is dedicated to. geometrical and acoustic properties of the Mayan-Toltec pyramid temple of Chichen Itza in Mexico. I wonder how many people today work with such a highly integrated vision of our existence: the location of these buildings mark points of high geomagnetical energy while their orientation is aligned to the equinoxes. Endlessly remixing what they believe is the history of art. Today marketing people have done away with the complicated relationships such projects involve. it could change power structures forever. it can only be discovered. The scientific findings an open debate would confront us with. On top of all this. At this point musical and visual aesthetics intersect and point to a common source. could have so gigantic implications. which we are living examples of and we cannot but resonate to it.“language” we developed to discuss numbers. Their proportions to each other reflect the structure of our solar system and the mathematical formula’s. which tried to even consider such connections are the fleeting visions of world exhibition pavilions realized at the end of the 1960ies. One of them is Buckminster Fuller’s huge geodesic for the show in Montreal and the original World Game he conceived for it. Thus. intellectual property laws and environmental and mind pollution.
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Einar Thorsteinn. its equation and solutions solved the most complex problems of stability and allowed scientists for the first time to compare a huge number of physical constants within one frame of reference. 1902. gallery spaces and technical
. Harvard Observatory. May 18. Global Scaling Special 1. simply speaking. 'Lord Kelvin believes ET now signalling America. Müller started researching fundamental physics in the Soviet Union and presented a remarkable paper in 1982. BAWAG FOUNDATION Edition. The geodesic sphere was equipped with a wireless sound system and digital sensors.nl/art/tesla1-uk. something that connects everything to everything else.
Long Distance Running . “Free Energy – Global Scaling”.btgjapan. describes an interaction of all particles with each other. Jan 16.Out of all the influences that have reshaped my understanding of the world since I started BuckyMedia. undistinguishable noise that established physical science wants us to believe. New York Times.html
Prof.org/cc_01. it transcends scale. The Cosmic Background Radiation is not the chaotic. Knowledge of this standing wave. Pickering. but the sounding together of everything from the smallest to the largest and from the ultra-weak to the super-stable in the most powerful. Ehlers Verlag GmbH. Everything in the universe is a result of this harmonic spectrum and falls back into it. one that is so perfect. its curators. Vienna
Hartmut Müller. It was at the same time musical instrument and concert hall. astonishing harmony. Kitakyushu. The project resonated through the entire museum. Very much like a musical scale the theory is based on the idea of harmony. technical staff and attendants. Chigusa Hotel. July 2001 http://www. as Müller calls it. This principle of Global Scaling. "to the habitants of space in general and the spatial inhabitants in particular".A conversation between Marina Abramovic. 1901. inducing its own frequencies into the people. Band 2. Gregory Chaitin and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. We provided geometry toolkits and documentation of our past presentations and tried to give access to all the information we had put together so far.Parallel Our third presentation of BuckyMedia involved the public on as many levels as possible.' http://www. the work of Hartmut Müller had the most profound effect. Wolfratshausen
Text for the piece of the CD farmersmanual . in which he derived the formula of a standing gravitational wave that pervades the entire universe.
2001).fm Mathias Gmachl – biography Mathias Gmachl is working as an artist. Centre Georges Pompidou (2000). continuously expanding their practice from music concerts to interdisciplinary cultural. reconfiguring the flow of energy in its environment. If you wish to contact him please mail to: hiaz@live. Avanto Festival Helsinki (2000. What is Music? Festival Sydney (2001. multisensory disturbance conglomerate that presented a stream of constructions since 1995. Mathias is currently developing a sound research program together with Jon Wozencroft and Len Massey at the Royal College of Art. The stunning changes of daylight in the gallery space provided an atmosphere of high-altitude. The Venice Biennale (2001). skills and resources among the partners. Montreal Festival for Film and New Media (1999. 1999). Venues. Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt (2002). lucid dreaming. For more documentation on the project. 2002). He is a founding member of farmersmanual. 2002). musician and researcher. Sonar Festival Barcelona (1998. aesthetic and political experiments.infrastructure around it. a pan-European. 1999. The sphere worked like a liquid crystal. festivals and museums Mathias presented include: Ars Electronica (1997.fm
. while the sonified gravitational data of the structure added a narrow band of digital squeals and screams to the deep vibrations of the shrink-wrap window drums. 2001). please visit http://web. Opposed to companies shifting the balance of fundamental rights and liberties he is using alternative collaborative structures based on sharing information.