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Real Art For Real, Real Math For Real
The first thing you are going to need,
is to think about a neat place to exhibit [your mathematical art].
The next is the frames are important,
they are expensive, computer generated art demands perfection.
I think you should start with a pane of glass,
then maybe really thin aluminum rails.
I almost feel like you can’t cut them with a saw,
you will need to make a rough cut an then file them down at a 45 degree angle.
You could consider treating your paper with something that makes it tough,
and skip glass, just make it flap in the wind, a digital vertical flag.
Then there is paper and printer,
$100 laser printer could cut it if you had 8×72 paper it would make a nice vertical 6 foot flag.
But go to an office print shop and use their blueprint printer,
it uses standard paper, it is black and white laser.
You really want to make something physical,
a traditional creation that can be made available for maybe $10,000.
I think [the ideal solution is a plotter],
this would become your very own and unique brush.
[Bare bone plotters are sometimes sold for $150 to $300],
but they may require a bunch of work, which could be good.
Plus, with a plotter you could use multiple color markers,
or go for color pencils, even.
Which brings us to,
creating the graphics that you will print.
I don’t like using the words Math, Trigonometry, even Vector,
but Math has been stolen from us.
It wasn’t intentional,
it is just that teachers don’t know what it is, how to use it, and what it is for.
Math is a library of good ideas,
perhaps mostly assembled by jittery people that drink way too much coffee.
Their creations are abstract,
because works of mathematics are best transported or stored, in their most elegant forms.
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Here are three classes by by The Nature of Code Channel that I want you to look at:
1.1 [What is a Vector?]
1.2 [Vector Math]
1.3 [Random Vectors]
This talks about vectors,
but this is actually a real introduction to Mathematics.
You don’t want to start with scalars,
the Golden ration and PI are only that interesting.
You want to start one step away from plain Numbers,
where they are applied, where they serve a purpose.
These three videos introduce using documentation, they show the ease of object oriented notation,
“this.” by the way is a way to reference variables and functions that are defined in the object that you are in.
(Otherwise the program would think you are referencing normal variables that aren’t in the object. Objects are little spherical worlds.)
These videos are meant to show you that trivial things are done for you,
not just calculations but formulas.
Such as multiplying three dimensional vertices,
which is useful for programmatically creating 3D objects for 3D printers.
They show you real math,
what it is, how it is taught, how to use it, and when to use it.
And here we arrive at that age old question,
“Why do I need math?”
And to be fair to the youngest students,
we are only allow to answer this question with a single, perfectly meaningful, and exceptionally powerful word:
Your works of art, are to be exhibited at Guggenheim,
and [The Museum of Modern Art] and a few other places, if they are prestigious enough.
Do you know who [Yayoi Kusama] is?
I think of her as the World’s Greatest Art Teacher.
Moreover, it is her work that does the speaking for her,
…we are each an artist – our world depends on it.
I think it is time for you to become an artist too,
[start in the beginning][S], and when you get to the end, keep the machines going, so that others may follow.