AS ABOVE SO BELOW

AS ABOVE SO BELOW

INTRODUCTION

The solar system can easily be paralleled with the “basic” unit of matter, the atom. Operations of a colossal city are analogous to the miniature calculations of a computer. Phenomena of any system occur every instant, simultaneously, on small and large scales. I am interested in exploring these patterns and parallel realities, this duality between the vast and the minute. The deeper into the minute one goes, the closer one gets to understanding the large and vice versa. I chose two specific analogies to embody the idea of the minute and the vast as equivalents 1) the relationship between the outer space and the digital information space and 2) the similarity between urban planning and computer integrated circuits. To work around this dichotomy I created an immersive installation that took over the northern room of the AC Institute. I "inverted" these two ideas representing the "large" in a small scale and the "minute" in an outsized scale, emphasizing the concept of the strange loop and the cyclic patterns. The installation makes reference to the micro world of computers in correlation with outer space phenomena.

 

 

 

CONCEPTUAL BASIS

The vast space of surrounding information.

 

The more we connect to the net of human understanding recorded in books and the internet, the more we realize there are immense amounts of data that we will never be able to grasp. Human knowledge is an ancient “living” being that crosses throughout history considering that information is as old as writing itself. The branched pattern of this net is similar to that of a system, in which you plug-into and start traveling through, finding yourself in an endless universe. I can't help comparing this virtual space where information flows, to the outer space; Clusters of ideas bundled together, sharing a common essence, rotate around a central theme, while other groups of ideas rotate around the opposite theme complementarily. The two groups of ideas appear to work in a corresponding way, where negative and positive, true and false, cannot be one without the other. (Dionysius could not exist if it wasn’t for Apollo or vice versa) Numerous questions rise when I address these similes. Where is this ethereal place where ideas flow located? Can we relate the behavior of information to atomic or cosmological behaviors?

 

Erasing the Limits of Space.

 

Speed, war, love, theft, commerce, crowds – everything we know to be characteristic of a contemporary city, has been codified. A mirrored virtual image of the “outside” has been created inside our computing machines. The ways our cities are planned seem to correlate to the structure of a motherboard. Even if we go further into the microscope we find the structures of neurons to be remarkably similar to that of cities. Are these resemblances related to the nature of interconnectivity? Why are these natural and artificial forms so similar and is there such a difference between the two? Can we compare the micro-structure of computer integrated circuits to the mega-structure of the universe?

 

 

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