the tree

the tree

Cartography of Treespace, artist Owen Schuh and Prof. Satyan Devadoss exploring the tree space.

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SATELLITE BERLIN presents: Talk with Owen Schuh, 19th of March at SATELLITE BERLIN Exhibition: Owen Schuh + Prof. Satyan L. Devadoss 14 March – 26 April 2015 Supported by Schering Foundation The goal of this collaboration is to engage mathematics and the visual arts in a direct manner, with concrete outputs, that does not insult either field. In other words, new mathematical questions need to be formulated and new artworks need to be produced for the success of this venture. Visual artist Owen Schuh and mathematician Satyan Devadoss are exploring the mathematical concept known as tree space. Inspired by the Renaissance ideal of fluidity between the humanities and the sciences, they are using 21st century mathematics to create work ad rem to both fields. Tree space is a mathematical model for the geometric relation between different branching configurations. In a mathematical paper, the diagram presented will include exactly the information necessary for interpretation, no more and no less. It is curated for academic application. The artistic object seeks to capture some other “truth” or holistic sense of this mathematical object communicable to the viewer through its aesthetic. Both approaches begin with inspiration and go through messy, arduous processes of creation and continual refinement; the artist and the mathematician labor through much the same passions. On the surface, the end results show the distance by which the fields of mathematics and art have grown apart, but by working together the possibility for new inspiring insights arises in both fields. There is a deep sympathy between the fields of mathematics and the arts and, while the subject matter is fascinating and compelling, in many ways the collaboration itself has become the true fruit of their labors.