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Math Art – System DIBIAS

The series of images Random was created as part of Herbert W. Franke’s research into Math Art together with Horst Helbig at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. An entire branch of mathematics deals with the laws of random and the calculation of probability, whose research applications today range from physics to biology. The visual experiments in this series focused on examining the emerging “islands of order” within random structures – and with it the question of the tension between order and chaos in art.

The term Math Art summarizes the results of a long series of experiments that Herbert W. Franke carried out together with the 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 processing system) as a fixed component, including representations in 2D and 3D as well as further image processing with the methods of image transformation. The heart of the computer was a Comtal Image Processing System and the software DIBIAS with a resolution of up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and around 16 million colors.

Click here for the other series of Math Art:

Algebra Series
Complex Numbers Series
Fratals Series
Fields Series
Fourier Transformation ASeries
Logix Series
Picture Processing Series
Stage Set Series