Lorenzo Sandoval: Shadow Writing (Algorithm/Quipu)

Blurred Edges Computation

22
Jun
2017
31
Aug
2017

The project begins formally and conceptually with two elements: the origin of the algorithms and the Quipus.

The first research takes its starting point in the figure of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizm. His latinized surname (al-Khwārizm) gave the name to the algorithm. This Muslim scholar of the s. IX was the inventor of a large number of mathematical discoveries, such as algebra. From his figure, the project will explore how mathematics was a transnational language that crossed the whole Mediterranean and connected different traditions of thought. In addition, they had a great influence on the aesthetic conception of Islam in terms of architecture and systems of spiritual representation in the world.

The second starting point studies various theories that propose the Inca quipus as a system of computation and writing. Quipus were a record system used by the Incas. The device was made of a series of strings in which it was annotated with a knot system. There are still open discussions as to whether it was only devoted to numerical or poetical records. It is also discussed whether the system was binary or decimal.

The project takes these two elements as two lines that intertwin in the narrative to question the origins of computing. The formal development of the project will combine the aesthetic tools of both systems of thought.

The project has been produced through an artistic residence in Plataforma 0. Production Center

Opening: June 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

 

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