IDP: 305 Art/Math Studio

IDP: 305 Art/Math Studio


Pau – I am a professional mathematician. I have never before in my life, before I started to do these art things, ever drew anything except 10
years ago is when it started. And at that time, I didn’t
realize that I had any inclination to want to talk
to materiality of the world in a way that a mathematician never does. (upbeat music) Here, the body is important, so that’s why one of the first things that I did is to take out all desks and all chairs. So it’s you, your body,
gravity is important, what’s happening here, yes? So you’re gonna hang things
if you need to stand up. It’s very different to
create on the floor, it’s very different to
create on your knees, it’s very different to create standing, but they are all valid. – Do you see the semi-circle in? So I have a self-designed major that’s within the art department, where I’m essentially studying
landscape architecture, which already as a field, is considered an intersection
between art and math. And this is the first time
that I’ve really realized how much math is involved in art, whether you realize it or not. Professor Atela is really, like, a very eclectic and passionate person, and that exudes from
him in his authenticity when he leads the classroom, when he comes up with ideas and then just, like, “Do it, let’s do it.” He always says, anytime
anyone has just a random idea, like, “Okay, let’s just try it.” – So I wanted to put a complement to what our education has
been, which is very good, but they could have one experience out of the 52 courses
that they take at Smith, one experience, even if they
are not in the art department, one experience that is about learning in the sense of forming
ourselves as a person, and dealing with the
materiality of the world, yeah? So there’s a response between
our surface as a being and the materiality of the world, and in that interaction, in that dance, you are also forming
what you, yourself, are. (gentle rhythmic music)
(students chattering)

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