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April 6th, 2014, 06:59 AM   #1
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Mathematical Art

Good day,

I am in the process of constructing a multifaceted artwork, a component of which shall include mathematics. I believe a mathematics forum would be the correct place to find an individual passionate about the subject to assist me.

On an open wall, I want to place 16 canvas blocks in a 4X4 layout. Utilising the two individuals the artwork is based on, they will each give me 4 positive and 4 negative emotions / personality traits they possess. Each of these traits will be 9 letters, so that each canvas has 3 rows of 3 letters (viability TBD).

While the wall holds a pattern, which I think can be classed as mathematical, I am looking for a more complex mathematical pattern or representation. I am aware that a matrix can be in a similar shape to what I am looking but despite hours of research I have no clue what is going on. I am far from competent when it comes to mathematics.

So here are my components:
- 16 canvasses
- 2 individuals
- 2 types of traits (positive, negative)
- 8 traits per individual
- 8 traits per type
- If additional variables are required, I can add changes to text or canvas colour, amount of letters per word etc. I'm open to suggestions.

What layout could I do to give the wall a story when it is presented to people? If the layout will have an equation, I will even consider painting it above the blocks.

None of this is for any gain whatsoever, the entire project relies on passion for a given field.

If I have posted in the incorrect section, please could a mod move it accordingly.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to your replies!
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April 6th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #2
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As I understand it you have a project with particular parameters and you want to do 'something' mathematical with it. I'll admit, nothing immediately jumps out at me.

Or rather, nothing that quite fits the parameters. I can think of a lot of mathematical things that are similar. For example, if you had lots of people and a fixed number of traits (with a good number more people than traits) you could draw people with lines connecting people with the same traits (and thickness varying by the number of connections). Or cluster people together when the have the same traits (maybe pushing them further apart when they have opposite traits).

Hmm. Since you're splitting it up by letter, maybe you could do the same kind of trick joining the letters, like Cristian Vasile did with the digits of pi:
Flow Of Life Flow Of Pi Digital Art by Cristian Ilies Vasile
Of course you need not connect them with lines like he did. You might, for example, lay out canvasses in a way that surrounding canvasses have at least one of the same letter touching, so that
ABC
DEF
GHI
could only have a canvas to its left if its top-right letter was A, or its middle-right letter was F, or its bottom-right letter was I. Maybe that gives the work a kind of coherence and suggests a 'connection' between the people (if that's something you want to show).

But maybe that idea is more poetic than mathematical, I don't know. Maybe that's appropriate, since it is mathematical poetry month after all.
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Incidentally, I wonder if your list of traits looks anything like
Code:
adaptable
admirable
agonizing
agreeable
ambitious
apathetic
arbitrary
assertive
brilliant
charmless
colorless
conceited
confident
courteous
deceitful
deceptive
dedicated
demanding
dependent
desperate
difficult
dignified
dishonest
dissolute
dissonant
ebullient
efficient
emotional
energetic
enervated
enigmatic
excitable
expedient
faithless
fanatical
felicific
forgetful
forgiving
frivolous
glamorous
graceless
guileless
hidebound
honorable
imitative
impassive
impatient
imprudent
impulsive
incurious
indulgent
inhibited
insincere
insulting
intuitive
invisible
irascible
irritable
knowledge
leisurely
malicious
miserable
misguided
monstrous
objective
obnoxious
observant
obsessive
oppressed
organized
outspoken
patriotic
political
practical
predatory
realistic
regretful
religious
repentant
repressed
resentful
sarcastic
scholarly
secretive
sedentary
sensitive
skeptical
steadfast
tasteless
teacherly
tractable
unhealthy
unhurried
unlovable
vivacious
whimsical
?

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