Wednesday 10 December 2014, 6 to 9 pm
I only have proof of that which I have seen
By Pep Vidal
I am often amazed at the complexity of the world. Any situation, however small and insignificant, is extremely complex. For example, a leaf falling from a tree, at a precise moment, not before or after. It takes a string of infinitesimal changes – infinitely small changes – to bring about something as seemingly trivial as a falling leaf.
Of all systems, the ones that interest me most are those that relate to man and nature, how we approach this issue from science, philosophy, anthropology, art. What happens, for example, when a person first comes to a place, and after a small community settles there, and then industry appears, and so on...? Earth, wood, concrete. Different layers. One above the other. Infinitesimal changes. Structures and pre-established knowledge.
A clear example of interaction between man and nature is the way we interact with light. The light of the sun, of a flash, of cars. How we know it, study it, how we know it without realising. How art and science have addressed it from different points of view, but looking for the same thing. We will use the fact that 2015 is the international year of light to examine several examples in art and science and propose activities that allow us to see this bi-directionality through light.
Pep Vidal holds a degree in mathematics from the UAB (2008) and PhD in Physics at UAB and the ALBA synchrotron. Interested in infinitesimal calculus, topology and infinite series, as he puts it: ‘I come to two conclusions: there are extremely complex and sensitive systems; and I am not interested in any investigation in which personal and life experience are not linked to the process itself.’
Cofounder of granja.cat, a project for the dissemination of mathematical culture especially among children, he has been a resident artist at Hangar, Barcelona (2013–15), and FARE, Milan (October–December 2013). Premi Miquel Casablancas 2014 (publication) and Generaciones 2015. He has exhibited, among other places, in Frigoriferi Milanesi (Milan), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), LABoral Centro de Arte (Gijón), Galería Louis 21 (Madrid), Fabra i Coats (Barcelona), La Capella (Barcelona) and Can Felipa (Barcelona).