CONTACT, March. 21-23, 2003. Art, Math, Computers, and Creativity. Carlo Séquin, University of California, Berkeley. I am a Designer …. CCD Camera, Bell Labs, 1973 Soda Hall, Berkeley, 1994. RISC chip, Berkeley, 1981 “Octa-Gear”, Berkeley, 2000. Focus of Talk.
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Art, Math, Computers,
University of California, Berkeley
CCD Camera, Bell Labs, 1973 Soda Hall, Berkeley, 1994
RISC chip, Berkeley, 1981 “Octa-Gear”, Berkeley, 2000
The role of the computer in:
“Hyperbolic Hexagon II”
On Knot-Spanning Surfaces: An Illustrated Essay on Topological Art
With an Artist’s Statement by Brent Collins
George K. Francis with Brent Collins
higher-order saddles(monkey saddle)
Mockup for the "Saddle Trefoil"
Armature for the "Hyperbolic Heptagon"
Time-consuming ! (1-3 weeks)
MonkeySaddles(Radiance 40 hours)
Wood master patternfor sculpture
Layered laminated main shape
Example: “Vox Solis”
Assembly of the precut boards
Forming a continuous smooth edge
Smoothing the whole surface
(Extending a Paradigm)
B=1 B=2 B=3 B=4
B=1 B=2 B=3
Varying the number of branches, the order of the saddles.
… resulting in an interwoven structure.
casting fromwax original made on3D Systems’“Thermojet”
The computer becomesan amplifier / acceleratorfor the creative process.
A new inspiration
The “Least Understood” Step
(Capturing a Paradigm)
Pathway on a sphere:
Edge of surface is like seam of tennis ball;
2-period Gabo curve.
Same construction as for a 2-period curve
L2 L3 L4 L5
Try to Expand the Sculpture Family:
Examples from Jane Yen’s Editor Program
(= another piece of “scaffolding”)
How to make a really large sculpture ?
Need a Commission !
Brent Collins and Carlo Séquin
are invited to provide a design
for Team “USA – Minnesota”
Other Team Members:
Stan Wagon, Dan Schwalbe, Steve Reinmuth
Helaman Ferguson: “Invisible Handshake”
“Rhapsody in White”
“A Twist in Time”
from Sculpture Generator I
Now – how do we get this design into a 10’x10’x12’ block of snow ?
Top View Side View Axial View
Remove these prisms first!
Removing lot’s of snow …
Cut away prisms …
Mark center, circles … Bull’s-eye !
How much of this process could have been done by a computer alone
“Computer, make me something like that !”
“Make me a few more in the same style !”
(1) Capturing a Paradigm.
(2) Extending a Paradigm.
I needed to understand: