Fransje Jepkes, 1994

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Pi is 3,1415926535..., a transcendental number. Pi is the name of the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet; the letter, used in mathematical science to describe the ratio of the circumference or the surface of a circle to its diameter. In the computer/sound installation 3,14........ image and sound engage in interplay, kicked off by the definition 'pi' that has a philosophical as well as a mathematical meaning. A large monitor is flanked on either side by a smaller one. On the central screen we see words of different languages, meaning numbers, which, in their turn represent the decimals pi. 3,1415926535... The computer carries on counting for all of fifty hours. The letters are coupled to sounds, and to ever-changing, dynamic, graphic images that appear on he two small monitor screens. A tip for the observer, whose head could start reeling from all these decimals: Pi is 3,1415926535; the numbers behind the comma can be remembered by the mnemonic: j'aime a faire connaƮtre un nombre utile aux sages; the number of letters in each word correspond to each consecutive number. The pi-tautology 3,14........ is honoured by a printer that disgorges a strip with all the numbers. [This installation IS featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1994
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - audio / sound installation, technology, science, process, installation - computer-based installation