You Have Shown Me a Strange Image and They Are Strange Prisoners: Hyperspatial Intuitions Through Visual Props

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Abstract

Four-dimensional space is a mathematical thought experiment of adding an extra spatial dimension perpendicular to our three dimensions of length, height and width. Originating in philosophy and mathematically formulated in geometry, the concept has evoked interpretations not only in theoretical physics and visual arts, but also in occultism and science fiction. Research on its properties is made possible by generalizing the methods acquired by studying more familiar spaces of lower dimensions.

Just as 3-dimensional structures can be drawn, unfolded, sliced, photographed, or otherwise flattened onto a planar medium like paper or computer screen, these techniques can be generalized to produce 3D manifestations of various 4-dimensional structures. These objects provide a sensuous access to a provokingly counter-intuitive, but nevertheless logically consistent concept rich with scientific, historical and poetic significance.

Beta Space at Otaniemi campus showcases some results of Taneli Luotoniemi's artistic research conducted at the Department of Art, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and the Department of Mathematics, University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The research has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Fulbright Center.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art
EventBeta Space Gallery: Aalto University - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 8 Nov 201727 Nov 2017
http://showcase.aalto.fi/beta-space/

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