SCULPTURES BY ROTATION

REFLECTIONS ON THE MEANING OF RESEARCH
MOTIVES AND OBJECTIVES

All matter existing in the universe is generated by a few simple elements – protons, electrons and neutrons.
The incredible variety of the universe is in striking contrast with the small number of basic “building bricks”. All natural phenomena – a stone falling or the spontaneous propagation of heat – take place in a well-defined way merely because it is the most likely. It is a general rule of bewildering simplicity. Darwin developed a law to explain the evolution of the species that is still surprising in its simplicity. Random variations in our genetic heritage assert themselves because “they are more likely to be transmitted by heredity”. This explains the infinite variety of living creatures that populate the earth.
So what about informatics? It is fundamentally based on the use of two “symbols”, the figure zero and one. How incredible it is that these two simple elements have given rise to such a staggering amount of know-how and technology!
And in the field of psychology, too, there appears to be a limited number of fundamental impulses at the base of all behaviour. I am fascinated and tempted by the conclusion that nature is governed by extremely simple laws, at least when compared to the endless ways in which it manifests itself.
The philosophy behind my current research springs precisely from these reflections.
In what and how many ways can a sculpture be obtained from a slab using simple indications and elements?
It is clear that my scientific training has had a profound effect on my formation of ideas and aesthetic inventiveness, but artistic intuition springs only from an exiting blend of rationality and emotion.
January 1991
Guido Moretti

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