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Math Art – System DIBIAS

The image series Fourier Transformations was created as part of the research on Math Art by Herbert W. Franke together with the physicist and programmer Horst Helbig at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. Fourier transformations are based on mathematical principles that were theoretically developed as early as the 19th century and are of great importance in communications engineering today. They are used in digital data evaluation for signal improvement and noise reduction: from satellite signals to medicine, as well as for data compression, for example for streaming TV data on the Internet or for telecommunications. With the series of Fourier transformations, Franke and Helbig used the mathematical principles of Fourier analysis for numerous artistic experiments. This results in typical ornamental structures with symmetries and symmetry breaks, which can be finely chiseled or even surface-integral. Incidentally, the math art series of letters was also realized with such Fourier transformations.

The term Math Art summarizes the results of a long series of experiments that Herbert W. Franke carried out together with the physicist and programmer Horst Helbig from 1980 onwards. It was about the use of mathematical methods, which were not developed and used for scientific purposes, but for aesthetic purposes. The main goal of the 15-year project (1980-1995) was the investigation of numerous mathematical disciplines regarding their aesthetic dimension and the visualization of complex mathematical relationships from algebraic formulas to stochastic relationships. In the course of the work, not only was the aesthetic dimension of formulas and functions explored, but a whole series of new graphic routines were also created, which were integrated into the software DIBIAS (for digital image evaluation system) as a fixed component, including representations in 2D and 3D as well as further processing with the methods of image transformation (picture processing). The heart of the Perkin-Elmer 32/52 concurrent computer was a Comtal Image Processing System and the software DIBIAS with a resolution of up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and approx. 16 million colors.

Hier geht es zu den anderen Serien von Math Art:

Serie Algebra
Serie Buchstaben
Serie Bühnenbilder
Serie Felder
Serie Fraktale
Serie Komplexe Zahlen
Serie Logik
Serie Picture Processing
Serie Zufall