Spirograph: mathematics and art.

When I was a child my father -who is a matemathician- bought me an spirograph, a toy that mixes science and art.

Now that my main research interest is artificial creativity I can find a starting point for my new discoveries in these early childhood memories. Although the Spirograph doen`t show an autonomous behaviour it can be seen as an interesting system for the generation of visual and geometric art. The combination of lines and colors produced with this gadget can be mixed with other shapes and forms producing an infinite ammount of eye pleasing abstract drawings. This way we can create a type of work free of the subjetive gesture tipically associated with a romantic and emotional view of art derived creativity…

Wikipedia shows us that the famous philosopher Bertrand Russell expressed his sense of mathematical beauty in these words:

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show”.

Even though I don´t agree with Russell in his statement that math keeps all the truths, still to this day I can only show wonder anytime I participate in the “creation” (maybe it could be better if we said “design”) of a drawing made with this invention. Please do yourself a favour and try this online spirograph, I promise that it will be a lovely experience….

*(Picture: onlinetoys.com.au)

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