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NUDOS SALVAJES, Jean-Michel Othoniel new book project with @aubinarroyo is now available on Othoniel’s website (link in bio).
"This book tells the story of an encounter.
In April 2015, the young and talented Mexican mathematician Aubin Arroyo shared with me his research on wild knots and reflections theory, which he had been calculating and analyzing for more than fifteen years. The virtual images born of these mathematical formulae bore an uncanny resemblance to the images of my sculptures. Arroyo first discovered my work thanks to the internet. Following this virtual encounter, he came to Paris in November of 2015 to visit my studio, and we spent a great deal discussing this surprising coincidence.
What were the probabilities that our seemingly distinct worlds would come together? That a connection would be made between mathematics and contemporary art, between two countries so far apart, Mexico and France, between the rational and the intuitive?
In 2017, the Mathematics Insititute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (@unam_mx) asked Aubin Arroyo to be in charge of designing the mathematical content and selecting the objects for the permanent exhibition of « La Sala de matematicas » in Universum, Museo de las Ciencias, UNAM. To accompany Arroyo’s mathematical theories in the Museum, the University acquired one of my sculptures in mirrored glass, Le Nœud Infini, for its collections. On this occasion, we published this book and text by Aubin Arroyo and Juan Manuel Ruisánchez Serra offering insight into the "Nudos Salvajes" (wild knots). In so doing, we also discovered the astonishing parallels between the mathematician’s images and my own.
Completing our exchange and reinforcing the connections between Mathematics and Art, Aubin Arroyo and Fabiola Manjarrez also developed a mathematical interpretation of my sculptures that are shaped like Borromean rings". Jean-Michel Othoniel
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