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Installation

Harmonices Mundi

Acid-free paper

15' x 15'​

2014

 

Harmonices Mundi is a book by Johannes Kepler written in 1619. Harmonices Mundi means the The Harmony of the World in Latin. In this book Kepler discusses harmonious relationships between geometrical forms and physical phenomena, both in musical consonance and in the broader definition of natural and universal congruence.

In this installation, 36 asymmetric stellated polyhedra, folded from 648 pieces of paper, are arranged in a square. Each of the 36 stellated polyhedra is slightly different from one another because of the kinetic nature of the structure. All 36 pieces will be wired with motion sensors, actuators, and Arduino boards and will respond to the viewers’ hand motions.  In this installation, I attempt to understand the implicit interactions between the kinetic structures and their physical environment using the viewers’ hand motions as primary inputs. Could the harmony of the geometric forms be achieved through certain physical movements?