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The Hurwitz Singularity

An anamorphic sculpture about the Technological Singularity

"The technological singularity" is a future time speculated in science fiction.  At the singularity moment, a human made machine will design a machine more advanced than itself. This moment will mark the end of mankind's dominance.  

The singularity is the moment that machines become more intelligent than us. Some analysts expect the singularity to occur some time in the 21st century, although their estimates vary -Wikipedia.

The technological singularity is only one example of a boundary in spacetime. The sound barrier, the melting point of ice, the Lagrangian point are but a few other examples.

This sculpture offers a personal and emotional spacetime boundary that each of us cross several times in our lives. It represents that moment when an a personal epiphany emerges in your life that changes your perspective for ever. The Hurwitz Singularity.

It is calculated from a precise 4 dimensional scan of my own head. I wanted to capture my physical being in as much detail as technology allowed.  It felt appropriate to be able to analyse myself at the highest resolution that modern science could record spacetime. This sculpture evolved when I was deep in Freudian Therapy. Four days a week on the sofa blazing new trails from the road that Sigmund Freud first mapped.  To my analyst I dedicate this piece. Dr Sanchez Bernal this is the Hurwitz Singularity!

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Tribute to Holbein

2015 | Nylon | 120 cm x 20 cm x 30 cm

Hans Holbein the Younger is thought to be one of the fathers of Anamorphic Art.  This sculpture is my tribute to his genius and inventiveness.  It is an expression of gratitude for the influence he has had on my life.

Watch the video below, it's the only way to convey the essence of this sculpture!

Anamorphic Skull

The most notable and famous of Holbein's symbols in the work, is the distorted skull which is placed in the bottom center of the composition. The skull, rendered in anamorphic perspective, another invention of the Early Renaissance, is meant to be a visual puzzle as the viewer must approach the painting nearly from high on the right side, or low on the left side, to see the form as an accurate rendering of a human skull. While the skull is evidently intended as a vanitas or memento mori, it is unclear why Holbein gave it such prominence in this painting. One possibility is that this painting represents three levels: the heavens (as portrayed by the astrolabe and other objects on the upper shelf), the living world (as evidenced by books and a musical instrument on the lower shelf), and death (signified by the skull). It has also been hypothesised that the painting is meant to hang in a stairwell, so that persons walking up the stairs and passing the painting on their left would be startled by the appearance of the skull.  Artists often incorporated skulls as a reminder of mortality, or at the very least, death. 
 

Source: Wikipedia

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Funny

2010 | Resin, powder, steel and perspex | 150 x 63 x 35 cm

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Interconnectedness of Self

Ink on Canvas, Resin and Powder | 200 x 200 x 300 cm 

As we move deeper into the 21st century humankind is only just starting to develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. We are at the dawn of an unprecedented era where each human begins to take personal responsibility for their impact on the Earth as a whole. For each living entity, mountanous and microscopic, categorised and undiscovered, we have come to know that survival is umbilically linked to the organic whole. This is the thread of life that grows from us to mother earth to the sun to the galaxy and to the Universe. 

This knowledge has taken our species all of evolution to learn. It has given us a freedom of creation we never thought we had.  We are no longer suffering the delusion that humanity is separate from all of nature. We are one with the Cosmos.

We are part of an energy family much greater than we ever imagined.

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Sinusoidal Perfume

2009 | Resin and Powder

 

I like the idea of distorting a beautiful scent in spacetime.  Its got a ridiculous ring to it but I was really influenced by the book "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind, who found a ground-breaking perspective on scent.  

This image was captured by my sister at a moment where she was deeply in love and on 'Honeymoon'. Its taken in an old french perfumery.  The image is then distorted into space using a damped sinusoid.  Sinusoid reminded me of Sinus and so that's be basis of choosing this particular algorithm :-)  There is a perfect point of observation where all the shelves straighten opposing the influence of the waves.  

I've tried to capture it on camera several times rather unsuccessfully. These images are the best I've got so far. I know the focal point is there mathematically but I haven't quite been able to find it yet in the physical world. 

A short video I did in the shed to show the anamorphic effect.

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Seven Generations

Mixed Media | 20 x 25 x 30 cm

This is the first piece I ever made and I recently re-did it incorporating everything I have learned since starting my art journey.

In this sculpture I map the morphic relationship we have with our ancestors. It is a wedding photo of my grandparents. Physically it is relatively easy to understand how I am made partly of these two people. 

But what about the choices they made in their lives? I have often tried to digest the concept that part of my complexity and creativity derives in some way from this union of minds so long ago.  It is said in the Kabbalah that the results of your actions can manifest in your descendants up to 7 generations later.  We are connected to those that came before us in a more holistic way than pure genetics. Our long term legacies are the fruit of both 'what we are made of' and 'the choices we make in life'.  

*For more on Morphic Resonance, read "A new science of life" by Rupert Sheldrake.

Resin and Powder | 20 x 25 x 30 cm

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Lala Land

Acrylic, resin, powder and steel | 100 x 45 x 30 cm


This nude of my father is my study on how data flows through the human corpus collosum. We all exist as split personalities: spiritual and operational. For those of you who understand computers, our right brain functions like a parallel processor. While our left hemisphere functions like a serial processor. The two hemispheres communicate with one another through the corpus collosum, which is made up of some 300 million axonal fibers.

Left Brain

The left hemisphere of our brain thinks methodically. It is all about ordering the past and predicting the future. Our left hemisphere is designed to take that enormous collage of the present moment and start picking details and more details and more details about those details. It then categorizes and organizes all the information. Associates it with everything in the past we've ever learned and projects into the future all of our possibilities. Our left brain analyses.

Right Brain

Our right brain hemisphere is all about this present moment. The future and the past do not exist. It thinks in pictures and it learns kinesthetically through the movement of our bodies. Information in the form of energy streams in through all of our sensory systems. "I am an energy being connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right hemisphere." - Extracts from Jill Bolte Taylor, Ted.com

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