Sunday, February 26, 2012

Some Sunday Inspiration

Some Sunday Inspiration

I found the following video link over at Integral Options Cafe. It's a short (3:41) video on M.C. Escher's work, which has always fascinated me,  and well worth the watch -- the music alone is stunning.



INSPIRATIONS from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.

From Integral Options Cafe --  two years ago, Spanish filmmaker Cristóbal Vila shot an exquisite little film, Nature by Numbers, which captured the ways in which mathematical concepts (Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Number, etc.) reveal themselves in nature. And the short then clocked a good 2.1 million views on YouTube alone.

This week, Vila returns with a new film called Inspirations. In this case, the inspiration isM.C. Escher (1898-1972), the Dutch artist who explored a wide range of mathematical ideas with his woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. Although Escher had no formal training in mathematics beyond secondary school, many mathematicians counted themselves as admirers of his work. (Visit this online gallery to get better acquainted with Escher’s art, and be sure to click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images). As Vila explains, Inspirationstries to imagine Escher’s workplace, “what things would surround an artist like him, so deeply interested in science in general and mathematics in particular.” It’s a three minutes of unbridled imagination.

5 comments:

Maureen said...

I had not seen this. It's wonderful. Thank you.

Louise Gallagher said...

I'm so glad Maureen! If you have a moment, watch the Nature by Numbers film too -- stunning!

S. Etole said...

Escher's work has always fascinated me. His way of "seeing" is compelling.

Louise Gallagher said...

Me too Susan -- and I love how Vila has showcased it so beautifully in her video.

nance marie said...

i like the music...