Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Transfiguration of the Common Eye

Transfiguration of the Commonplace, by Arthur Danto, was published in 1981. As Danto explained in 2007, it is:
". . . a contribution to the ontology of art in which two necessary conditions emerge as essential to a real definition of the art work: that an artwork must (a) have meaning and (b) must embody its meaning."
The meaning embodied by this image of eyes in the pattern of Fermat's spiral escapes me. So, though not art, I offer it as design potential. It's utility would need to be determined before I knew if the colors are wrong, or if there are too many/few eyes, etc. Without meaning, and without utility it's neither art nor design.

There are 232 eyes, the spiral grid corresponds to some natural disc phyllotaxis, and each eye is content for a single cell in the coordinate based grid.Therefore, at least it's an example of content presented in a non-Cartesian, coordinate based grid.

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