Log24

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

From Our House to Bauhaus

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 AM

Street view in Oslo, August 2014 (thanks to Google):

Vennligst benytt fortau pa andre siden =
Please use the sidewalk on the other side

Take a walk on the wild side… or not.

This post was suggested by a Log24 post, Gaze, of May 21, 2015, and by
an Instagram photo that Oslo artist Josefine Lyche posted today.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cold Open

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 PM

The previous post, on the Bauhaus 100th anniversary, suggests a review . . .

"Congratulations to the leaders of both parties:
The past 20 years you’ve taken us far.
We’re entering Weimar, baby."

Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal
 
   on August 13, 2015
 

Image from yesterday's Log24 search Bauhaus Space.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Posts

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:48 PM

See also posts in the Log24 search Bauhaus Space.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Clerisy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:18 PM

Two images from a post of April 11, 2014

Tom Cruise at the Vatican in MI3

_____________________________________________________________________

Michelle Monaghan, star of "The Path," in MI3 —

Hickory Dickory.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nightmare for Midsummer

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:36 PM

In memory of a Brooklyn art figure who reportedly killed himself
on November 9, 2017 —

From an obituary linked to here  in a post, "Information from the Middle 
of the Night
," at 2:02 AM ET on June 23, 2017 —

"In 1976, Ms. DeAk, with Mr. Robinson, Sol LeWitt and
Lucy Lippard, helped found Printed Matter, a publisher
and distributor of artists’ books."

"A version of this article appears in print on June 23, 2017,
on Page B15 of the New York edition with the headline:
Edit DeAk, a Champion of Artists Outside the Mainstream,
Dies at 68."

Related material —

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fiat

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:23 PM
 
T. Lux Feininger (June 11, 1910 Berlin, Germany – July 7, 2011 Cambridge, Massachusetts) was a German-American painter, avant-garde photographer, author, and art teacher who was born in Berlin to Julia Berg and Lyonel Feininger, an American living in Germany from the age of sixteen. His father was appointed as the Master of the Printing Workingshop at the newly formed Bauhaus art school in Weimar by Walter Gropius in 1919.[1] He had two older full brothers, including Andreas Feininger . . . .  Wikipedia

The above passage was suggested by an IMDb release date

— and by a Log24 post, Lux, of the same date:  19 August, 2014.

See also photos by a big brother of Lux Feininger in this journal
on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Science School

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:45 AM

Commentary —

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Dinner Crumbs

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:00 PM

From posts now tagged "Memory-History-Geometry" —

"… even the dogs under the table
eat the children's crumbs." — Mark 7:28

From a 2015 post

"… Kansas and Harvard officially met
as Kansas wrestled the unsuspecting Harvard
to the ground in a headlock."

Harvard Heart of Gold , by Dustin Aguilar,
quoted here on April 24, 2015

For the dogs under the table, a note from that same date —

See as well Tom Wolfe on manifestos
and "the creative spirit."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wolfe vs. Chomsky

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 AM

1.  Tom Wolfe has a new book on Chomsky, "The Kingdom of Speech."

2.  This suggests a review of a post of Aug. 11, 2014, Syntactic/Symplectic.

To paraphrase Wittgenstein, sentence 1 above is about "correlating in real life"
(cf. Crooked House and Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House ), and may be 
compared to sentence 2 above, which links to a sort of "correlating in
mathematics" that is a particular example of the more general sort of
mathematical correlating mentioned by Wittgenstein in 1939.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sermons

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:06 PM

Click the tweets below for a related news story.

See also this  journal on the same weekend —

Friday, March 11, through Monday, March 14, 2016.

A sample —

From the Wikipedia article Bauhaus (band) —

"On 31 October 2013 (Halloween), 
David J and Jill Tracy released 
'Bela Lugosi's Dead (Undead Is Forever),' 
a cinematic piano-led rework of
'Bela Lugosi's Dead.'"

Saturday, March 12, 2016

For the Church of Synchronology*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:16 PM

From the Wikipedia article Bauhaus (band)

"On 31 October 2013 (Halloween), David J and Jill Tracy released
'Bela Lugosi's Dead (Undead Is Forever),' a cinematic piano-led
rework of 'Bela Lugosi's Dead.'"

Halloween 2013 here  (click to enlarge) —

* See "synchronolog…" in this journal.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New York Values

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

The phrase "experimental techniques" in the previous post
suggests the following words and images.

From The New York Times  online this evening —

"Think 'Barton Fink' meets 'A Serious Man.' 
With dancing."

Okay

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10/100223-Rabbi.jpg

"When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies….
"

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110714-BauhausRoof.jpg

"We're entering Weimar, baby."
— Peggy Noonan

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How Deep the Darkness

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:29 AM

Continues.

See Bauhaus remarks on space and Devil's Night Eve.

See also Klein Group and, for the Harvard Graduate
School of Design, an appropriate Calvin Klein label —

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Event

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:30 PM

"Bauhaus Designs for Modern Life
Come to the Harvard Art Museums
for this Gallery Talk at 12:30."

Another design —

Street view in Oslo, August 2014 :  

Take a walk on the wild side… or not.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cube Design

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For Aaron Sorkin and Walter Isaacson

Related material — 
Bauhaus CubeDesign Cube, and
Nabokov's Transparent Things .

Friday, June 12, 2015

Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:37 PM

Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?”

Walter Gropius,

The Theory and
Organization of the
Bauhaus
  (1923)

This post was suggested by the Bauhaus song
"Bela Lugosi's Dead" at the beginning of the
1983 Tony Scott classic "The Hunger."

Sign

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM


"Now we're partners in crime" — Ace of Base, "The Golden Ratio"

Or not.

"The Hunger" (1983) was directed by Tony Scott.

See also Tony Scott in this journal.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Lindbergh Manifesto

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:24 AM

"Creation is the birth of something, and
something cannot come from nothing."

— Photographer Peter Lindbergh at his website

From a biography of Lindbergh —

" it took Lindbergh awhile to find his true métier.
Born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1944….
Barely out of his teens, he became a painter who
embraced conceptual art and — for reasons he
has since forgotten — adopted the professional
name « Sultan. »   Lindbergh was a few years
short of his 30th birthday when he turned to
photography."

— "The Man Who Loves Women," by Pamela Young,
Toronto Globe & Mail , September 19, 1996

A Lindbergh work (at right below) from his conceptual-art days —

For a connection between the above work by Paul Talman and the
above "Mono Type 1" of Lindbergh, see…

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Starbird Manifesto

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

"But what was supposed to be the source of a compound's
authority? Why, the same as that of all new religious movements:
direct access to the godhead, which in this case was Creativity."

— Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House

"Creativity is not a matter of magical inspiration."

— Burger and Starbird, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking  (2012) 

Video published on Oct 19, 2012

"In this fifth of five videos, mathematics professor
Michael Starbird talks about the fifth element
in his new book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking ,
co-authored with Williams College professor
Edward B. Burger." 

For more on the Starbird manifesto, see Princeton University Press.

An excerpt —

See also a post for Abel's Birthday, 2011 —  
Midnight in Oslo — and a four-elements image from
the Jan. 26, 2010, post Symbology —

Logo for 'Elements of Finite Geometry'.

Yale Mot

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:01 PM

From a New York Post  review of "Clouds of Sils Maria,"
a film that opened yesterday —

"Assayas [the writer-director] evidently thinks he’s
being daring and original and avant-garde in leaving
so much open-ended. But you can tell what really
interests him isn’t doing the work of a serious artist
but the comfy trappings of one — the swank dining
rooms, the posh cars with drivers always at the ready.
What’s French for bourgeois? Never mind.
'Clouds' isn’t a film but an idea for a film —
unfinished, unsatisfying, undergraduate."

Kyle Smith, Yale '89

From this date last year:

"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Halloween Manifestos, 2013:

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Here and at Catholics for Classical Education.

See also Tom Wolfe on manifestos —

Wolfe on manifestos in 'From Bauhaus to Our House'

— and part of an interesting Sept. 2, 2014, manifesto by
Common Core supporter Keith Devlin:

“Graduate students of mathematics are introduced to further
assumptions (about handling the infinite, and various other issues),
equally reasonable and useful, and in accord both with our everyday
intuitions (insofar as they are relevant) and with the rest of
mainstream mathematics. And on the basis of those assumptions,
you can prove that

1 + 2 + 3 + … = –1/12.

That’s right, the sum of all the natural numbers equals –1/12.

This result is so much in-your-face, that people whose mathematics
education stopped at the undergraduate level (if they got that far)
typically say it is wrong. It’s not. Just as with the 0.999… example,
where we had to construct a proper meaning for an infinite decimal
expansion before we could determine what its value is, so to we
have to define what that infinite sum means. ….”

For a correction to Devlin’s remarks, see a physics professor’s weblog post —

“From a strictly mathematical point of view,
the equation 1+2+3+4+ … = -1/12 is incorrect,
and involves confusing the Dirichlet series with
the zeta function.”  — Greg Gbur, May 25, 2010

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zeit

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:25 AM

( A sequel to Raum )

The author reportedly died on August 14, 2014. See a post from that date.

Raum

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 AM

A possible answer to the 1923 question of Walter Gropius, "Was ist Raum?"—

See also yesterday's Source of the Finite and the image search
on the Gropius question in last night's post.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brutalism Revisited

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 PM

Yesterday's 11 AM post was a requiem for a brutalist architect.

Today's LA Times  has a related obituary:

"Architectural historian Alan Hess, who has written several books on
Mid-Century Modern design, said Meyer didn't have a signature style,
'which is one reason he is not as well-known as some other architects
of the period. But whatever style he was working in, he brought a real
sense of quality to his buildings.'

A notable example is another bank building, at South Beverly Drive
and Pico Boulevard, with massive concrete columns, a hallmark of
the New Brutalism style. 'This is a really good example of it,' Hess said."

— David Colker, 5:43 PM LA time, Aug. 28, 2014

A related search, suggested by this morning's post Source of the Finite:

(Click to enlarge.)

Source of the Finite

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:20 AM

"Die Unendlichkeit  ist die uranfängliche Tatsache: es wäre nur
zu erklären, woher das Endliche  stamme…."

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Das Philosophenbuch/Le livre du philosophe
(Paris: Aubier-Flammarion, 1969), fragment 120, p. 118

Cited as above, and translated as "Infinity is the original fact;
what has to be explained is the source of the finite…." in
The Production of Space , by Henri Lefebvre. (Oxford: Blackwell,
1991 (1974)), p.  181.

This quotation was suggested by the Bauhaus-related phrase
"the laws of cubical space" (see yesterday's Schau der Gestalt )
and by the laws of cubical space discussed in the webpage
Cube Space, 1984-2003.

For a less rigorous approach to space at the Harvard Graduate
School of Design, see earlier references to Lefebvre in this journal.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Not Quite

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Click image to enlarge.

Altar

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"To every man upon this earth,
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
and the temples of his gods…?"

— Macaulay, quoted in the April 2013 film "Oblivion"

"Leave a space." — Tom Stoppard, "Jumpers"

Related material: The August 16, 2014, sudden death in Scotland
of an architect of the above Cardross seminary, and a Log24 post,
Plato's Logos, from the date of the above photo: June 26, 2010.

See also…

IMAGE- T. Lux Feininger on 'Gestaltung'

Here “eidolon” should instead be “eidos .”

An example of eidos — Plato's diamond (from the Meno ) —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100607-PlatoDiamond.gif

Schau der Gestalt

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 AM

(Continued from Aug. 19, 2014)

"Christian contemplation is the opposite
of distanced consideration of an image:
as Paul says, it is the metamorphosis of
the beholder into the image he beholds
(2 Cor 3.18), the 'realisation' of what the
image expresses (Newman). This is
possible only by giving up one's own
standards and being assimilated to the
dimensions of the image."

— Hans Urs von Balthasar,
The Glory of the Lord:
A Theological Aesthetics,

Vol. I: Seeing the Form
[ Schau der Gestalt ],
Ignatius Press, 1982, p. 485

A Bauhaus approach to Schau der Gestalt :

I prefer the I Ching 's approach to the laws of cubical space.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grid

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 AM

In memory of one who sent in the clowns:

See also Plan 9 in this journal, as well as Saturday’s posts.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Creativity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:45 AM

Quoted here on April 11 —

“…direct access to the godhead, which
in this case was Creativity.”
— Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House

From “Today in History: April 25, 2014,” by The Associated Press:

“Five years ago… University of Georgia professor
George Zinkhan, 57, shot and killed his wife
and two men outside a community theater in Athens
before taking his own life.”

Related material:

A Google Scholar search for Zinkhan’s 1993 paper,
Creativity in Advertising,” Journal of Advertising  22,2: 1-3 —

Obiter Dicta:

“Dour wit” — Obituary of a Scots herald who died on Palm Sunday

“Remember me to Herald Square.” — Song lyric

“Welcome to Scotland.” — Kincade in Skyfall

Friday, April 11, 2014

Change Descends (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:16 AM

Tom Cruise at the Vatican in MI3

Other descents of change:

Sacred Space and Cube Descending.

Context— Last night’s post Change Arises,
on Walter Gropius, Wolfe’s “Silver Prince.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Diamond Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:28 PM

(Continued)

Definition:  A diamond space  — informal phrase denoting
a subspace of AG(6, 2), the six-dimensional affine space
over the two-element Galois field.

The reason for the name:

IMAGE - The Diamond Theorem, including the 4x4x4 'Solomon's Cube' case

Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lines

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:09 PM

Today's New York Times  on a collector of Japanese art who died on December 8th—

In 1954, she made her first trip to Japan. The visit had been suggested by the architect Walter Gropius, whose disciple Benjamin Thompson was designing a modernist house for her in Oyster Bay, on Long Island.

Gropius, a titan of the Bauhaus school, was deeply influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and wanted her to experience its clean, spare lines firsthand.

See Dec. 8th in this  journal for the following clean, spare lines:


Japanese character
        for "field"

Related material: Looking Deeply and Field.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Norway High Chair

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

This post was suggested by today's previous post,
"Bali High Chair," that links to an empty chair award for
evangelical supporters of Mitt Romney, by Bauhaus style,
and by the example of Norwegian  design shown below—

(Happy Frigg's Day to Josefine Lyche.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

For Leonard Cohen Fans

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Leading this morning's online New York Times  
obituaries list is one for a leftist Episcopal priest.

That obituary contains a link to a 1996 Times  story — 

Old Friends, New Foes:
President and a Preacher;
One 60's Activist Runs Columbia;
One Fights It

A check for background on the Columbia president
in that story yields the following from a leftist journalist's
website in a 2012 post dated October 26 (date of the
1917 October Revolution in Russia)—

Click for further details of this leftist allegation, which is
clearly false (because based on a ludicrously bad
misreading of a Rice University puff piece), and would
be libelous if its target were alive.

See a Rice University obituary for the "Nazi spy"
in question, who died on May 25, 2010. (See also
 this journal on that date.)

The same leftist webpage contains a link to another leftist's
attack on a respected charitable organization that may
or may not have, or have had, CIA connections—

The International Rescue Committee (IRC).

In the spirit of Leonard Cohen's "then we take Berlin" lyric,
here is a note on how the IRC logo

might be rendered in a way that is, though less visually appealing,
more logical— i.e., more purely an example of Bauhaus style—

         

See also the recent  Black October post
on a Columbia enthusiast of the October Revolution—

Friday, October 19, 2012

Midnight Politics

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 AM

For Mitt 

See "A Deskful of Girls" in Fritz Leiber's Selected Stories .

See also the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene in 2009.

And for Clint

From "Deskful":

I quickly settled myself in the chair, not to be gingerly
about it. It was rather incredibly comfortable, almost
as if it had adjusted its dimensions a bit at the last
instant to conform to mine. The back was narrow at
the base but widened and then curled in and over to
almost a canopy around my head and shoulders.
The seat too widened a lot toward the front, where
the stubby legs were far apart. The bulky arms
sprang unsupported from the back and took my own
just right, though curving inwards with the barest
suggestion of a hug. The leather or unfamiliar plastic
was as firm and cool as young flesh and its texture
as mat under my fingertips.

"An historic chair," the Doctor observed, "designed
and built for me by von Helmholtz of the Bauhaus…."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Space Cadets

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From this journal on June 19, 2012

Walter Gropius on space—

"Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
 erfassen und gestalten?"

Walter Gropius,

The Theory and
Organization of the
Bauhaus
  (1923)

A book published on the same date—
June 19, 2012:

IMAGE- 'The Cryptos Conundrum,' by Chase Brandon

"… what Chalmers called the convergence of coincidence
a force majeure of unrelated events that shaped one's life,
that perhaps defined the concept of life itself.
He believed in the power of that force."

The Cryptos Conundrum , by Chase Brandon

See also Chase Brandon in Sunday's Huffington Post .

"I wrote another book."
— Robert De Niro as Harlan Kane

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking Deeply

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:48 PM

Last night's post on The Trinity of Max Black  and the use of
the term "eightfold" by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
at Berkeley suggest a review of an image from Sept. 22, 2011

IMAGE- Eightfold cube with detail of triskelion structure

The triskele  detail above echoes a Buddhist symbol found,
for instance, on the Internet in an ad for meditation supplies—

Related remarks

http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/about/dialogue/fdpt.shtml

Mary Dusenbury (Radcliffe '64)—

"… I think a textile, like any work of art, holds a tremendous amount of information— technical, material, historical, social, philosophical— but beyond that, many works of art are very beautiful and they speak to us on many layers— our intellect, our heart, our emotions. I've been going to museums since I was a very small child, thinking about what I saw, and going back to discover new things, to see pieces that spoke very deeply to me, to look at them again, and to find more and more meaning relevant to me in different ways and at different times of my life. …

… I think I would suggest to people that first of all they just look. Linger by pieces they find intriguing and beautiful, and look deeply. Then, if something interests them, we have tried to put a little information around the galleries to give a bit of history, a bit of context, for each piece. But the most important is just to look very deeply."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikaya_Buddhism

According to Robert Thurman, the term "Nikāya Buddhism" was coined by Professor Masatoshi Nagatomi of Harvard University, as a way to avoid the usage of the term Hinayana.[12] "Nikaya Buddhism" is thus an attempt to find a more neutral way of referring to Buddhists who follow one of the early Buddhist schools, and their practice.

12. The Emptiness That is Compassion:
An Essay on Buddhist Ethics, Robert A. F. Thurman, 1980
[Religious Traditions , Vol. 4 No. 2, Oct.-Nov. 1981, pp. 11-34]

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.2:1:6.pali

Nikāya [Sk. nikāya, ni+kāya]
collection ("body") assemblage, class, group

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/नि

Sanskrit etymology for नि (ni)

From Proto-Indo-European *ni …

Prefix

नि (ni)

  • down
  • back
  • in, into

http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Kaya

Kaya (Skt. kāya སྐུ་, Tib. ku Wyl. sku ) —
the Sanskrit word kaya literally means ‘body’
but can also signify dimension, field or basis.

སྐུ། (Wyl. sku ) n. Pron.: ku

structure, existentiality, founding stratum ▷HVG KBEU

gestalt ▷HVG LD

Note that The Trinity of Max Black  is a picture of  a set
i.e., of an "assemblage, class, group."

Note also the reference above to the word "gestalt."

"Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?"

Walter Gropius

Bright Black

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:12 AM

“‘In the dictionary next to [the] word “bright,” you should see Paula’s picture,’ he said. ‘She was super smart, with a sparkling wit. … She had a beautiful sense of style and color.'”

— Elinor J. Brecher in The Miami Herald  on June 8, quoting Palm Beach Post writer John Lantigua on the late art historian Paula Hays Harper

This  journal on the date of her death—

IMAGE- The Trinity of Max Black (a 3-set, with its eight subsets arranged in a Hasse diagram that is also a cube)

For some simpleminded commentary, see László Lovász on the cube space.

Some less simpleminded commentary—

Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?”

Walter Gropius,

The Theory and
Organization of the
Bauhaus
  (1923)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Design

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

The New York Times online front page last night

"Microsoft introduced its own tablet computer,
called Surface, illustrating the pressure
Apple's success has put on it to marry
software and hardware more tightly."

Commentary—

IMAGE- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell-- Swedenborg Chapel and the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Google Maps image

Related material

"Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
 erfassen und gestalten?"

Walter Gropius,

The Theory and
Organization of the
Bauhaus
  (1923)

Update of Feb. 3, 2013:
See also The Perception of Doors in this journal.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ART WARS continued:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

The Bauhaus Dance

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110714-BauhausRoof.jpg

See also The Ya Ya Mandorla

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110714-VesicaXOR.jpg

 

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110714-Michelangelo.jpg

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday December 10, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 AM
The Librarian

"Like all men of the Library,
I have traveled in my youth."
— Jorge Luis Borges,
The Library of Babel

"Papá me mandó un artículo
de J. G. Ballard en el que
se refiere a cómo el lugar
de la muerte es central en
nuestra cultura contemporánea
."

— Sonya Walger,
interview dated September 14
(Feast of the Triumph of the Cross),
Anno Domini 2006

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06B/061210-Quest.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Sonya Walger,
said to have been
born on D-Day,
the sixth of June,
in 1974

 

Walger's father is, like Borges,
from Argentina.
She "studied English Literature
at Christ Church College, Oxford,
where she received
    a First Class degree…. "

Wikipedia

"… un artículo de J. G. Ballard…."–

A Handful of Dust
, by J. G. Ballard

(The Guardian, March 20, 2006):

"… The Atlantic wall was only part of a huge system of German fortifications that included the Siegfried line, submarine pens and huge flak towers that threatened the surrounding land like lines of Teutonic knights. Almost all had survived the war and seemed to be waiting for the next one, left behind by a race of warrior scientists obsessed with geometry and death.

Death was what the Atlantic wall and Siegfried line were all about….

… modernism of the heroic period, from 1920 to 1939, is dead, and it died first in the blockhouses of Utah beach and the Siegfried line…

Modernism's attempt to build a better world with the aid of science and technology now seems almost heroic. Bertolt Brecht, no fan of modernism, remarked that the mud, blood and carnage of the first world war trenches left its survivors longing for a future that resembled a white-tiled bathroom.  Architects were in the vanguard of the new movement, led by Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus design school. The old models were thrown out. Function defined form, expressed in a pure geometry that the eye could easily grasp in its entirety."

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/motto2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
 
The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/grid3x3.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

"This is the garden of Apollo,
the field of Reason…."
John Outram, architect 

(Click on picture for details.)

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06B/061210-Holl.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
The Left Hand of God, by Adolf Holl

Related material:

The Lottery of Babylon
and
the previous entry.
 

Monday, November 20, 2006

Monday November 20, 2006

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:20 PM

Triumphs

Yesterday's link to a Log24 entry for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross led to the following figure:
 

Primitive roots modulo 17
(Based on Weyl's Symmetry)

Today, an entry in the The New Criterion's weblog tells of Hilton Kramer's new collection of essays on art, The Triumph of Modernism.

From a Booklist review:

Kramer "celebrates the revelations of modern art, defining modernism as nothing less than 'the discipline of truthfulness, the rigor of honesty.'"

Further background: Kramer opposes

"willed frivolity and politicized vulgarization as fashionable enemies of high culture as represented in the recent past by the integrity of modernism."

 

— "25 Years of The New Criterion"

Perhaps Kramer would agree that such integrity is exemplified by "Two Giants" of modernism described by Roberta Smith in The New York Times recently (Nov. 3– birthdate of A. B. Coble, an artist of a different kind). She is reviewing an exhibit, ''Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World,'' that continues through Jan. 21 at the Whitney Museum of American Art,

945 Madison Avenue: '945' as an 'artist's signature'

 945
Madison Avenue.

This instance of the number 945 as an "artists' signature" is perhaps more impressive than the instances cited in yesterday's Log24 entry, Signature.
 

Saturday, July 5, 2003

Saturday July 5, 2003

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:17 AM

Elements

In memory of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and head of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Gropius died on this date in 1969.  He said that

"The objective of all creative effort in the visual arts is to give form to space. … But what is space, how can it be understood and given a form?"

"Alle bildnerische Arbeit will Raum gestalten. … Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn erfassen und gestalten?"


Gropius

— "The Theory and Organization
of the Bauhaus
" (1923)

I designed the following logo for my Diamond Theory site early this morning before reading in a calendar that today is the date of Gropius's death.  Hence the above quote.

"And still those voices are calling
from far away…"
— The Eagles
 

Stoicheia:

("Stoicheia," Elements, is the title of
Euclid's treatise on geometry.)

Powered by WordPress