ATPdiary invited some curators to point out three international artworks that summarize – or are meaningful of – three historical periods.
One from the past, even very distant.
One from the present, focusing on the contemporary moment.
One from the future, with a strong perspective, in a nutshell, towards what’s next.
«Darei l’intera Montedison per una lucciola», scriveva Pier Paolo Pasolini nel 1975.
Max Bense, already in his first book “Space and I” [Raum und ich. Eine Philosophie über den Raum (1934)] which he wrote as a young student one finds particularly aesthetical views. The titles of chapters like “Mathematics and Beauty” [Die Mathematik und das Schöne] , “Space and Dance” [Raum und Tanz], “Gestalt and Mind” [Gestalt und Geist] show the starting point of all his researches, namely, that art and mathematics are very closely connected. Many concepts which are investigated in later books are already introduced here , i.e.: “aesthetical experience”, “aesthetical process”, “uniqueness”, “fragility”, “act of selection”, “aesthetical state”, “state of relativity”, and so on. He sees the most compelling connection between mathematics and aesthetics in the “act of selection”, in mathematics through the “selection of consciousness”, in aesthetics through the “selection of feeling”.