by Dries on December 7, 2010
Whist going through my blogroll this morning, I came across the “Countdown” post on Today and Tomorrow. Countdown is a video performance by Alexander Thieme in which he keeps cutting a large piece of paper in half until the point he can’t physically manage to cut it again.
What the video shows is that the real world has certain constraints we take for granted, much like I tried to point out in my previous post about Snowtrails. If we however approach the same topic in a digital way, these constrains fade. Obviously nothing new, since the infinite cutting shown in the video is the inverse of infinite folding. This problem has been solved by maths over the years, we can very precisely predict how small or how tall a piece of paper becomes when it is infinitely cut or folded respectively.
These differences between the real and digital world get my mind going about what would happen if we didn’t have to make this boundary. Suppose Alexander Thieme would start cutting his paper in a digital way after he couldn’t cut it physically, this artpiece would become infinte – which is exactly the point he is not trying to make.
Or maybe I should just watch Alice in Wonderland again to soothe my haywire-going braincells.