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Boundary Functions

Exhibited in Wolfsburg, Germany in 2005.

This is a quote associated with Scott Snibbe’s youtube video at this link.

by Scott Snibbe

Boundary Functions is realized as a set of lines projected from overhead onto the floor which divide each person in the gallery from one another. With one person in the gallery there is no response. When two are present, there is a single line drawn halfway between them segmenting the room into two regions. As each person moves, this line dynamically changes, maintaining an even distance between the two. With more than two people, the floor becomes divided into cellular regions, each with the mathematical quality that all space within the region is closer to the person inside than any other.

The regions which surround each person are mathematically referred to as Voronoi diagrams or Dirichlet tessellations. These diagrams are widely used in diverse fields, spontaneously occurring at all scales of nature. In anthropology and geography they are used to describe patterns of human settlement; in biology, the patterns of animal dominance and plant competition; in chemistry the packing of atoms into crystalline structures; in astronomy the influence of gravity on stars and star clusters; in marketing the strategic placement of chain stores; in robotics path planning; and in computer science the solution to closest-point and triangulation problems. The diagrams represent as strong a connection between mathematics and nature as the constants e or .

By projecting the diagram, these invisible relationships between individuals and the space between them are made visible and dynamic. The intangible notion of personal space and the line that always exists between you and another becomes concrete. The installation is non-functioning with one person, as a physical relation to others must be present. In this way the piece is a reversal of the often lonely self-reflection of virtual reality – here we are given a virtual space which can only exist with more than one person.

The documentation of Boundary Functions you see here is from Phaeno Wolfsburg, 2005.

Boundary Work I

Boundary Work I  opened last Friday in the Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork, Ireland.  The show was officially opened by Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research, at Cork Institute of Technology and has received a  very positive response. This is possibly due to the high quality works and ideas submitted by all teh participants involved. The work on show until the 27th November involve contributions from artists, scientists, and designers based in Ireland, England, Scotland, mainland Europe, North America and Australia.

Overall the show attempts to address the view that boundaries between different fields of knowledge continue to dissolve. The growing interest in crossing the scope of knowledge and methodologies from these fields, while risky, may open gateways to new paradigms that serve contemporary society more effectively.

If you are around Cork do take the opportunity to drop in to the gallery. Further detailed information can be accessed at the exhibition website: http://www.transculturetek.com/boundarywork.