– Thorsten Fleisch Gestalt (2003, Ger)
col., sound, 5’20”
Awarded with an honorary mention at the 2003 Festival Ars Electronica, Gestalt is Thorsten Fleisch’s sole work created through the use of digital technologies.
In Gestalt, the so-called “four dimensional quaternions” (discovered in 1843 by Irish mathematician William Roman Hamilton, who was searching for a way to extend complex number on a higher quantity of spatial dimensions), are visualized in a three-dimensional space. Through the use of specific software, the artist has therefore turned the mathematical formula of quaternion fractals (x[n+1]=x[n]^p-c ) into more complex forms and audiovisual animations, by modifying from time to time its parameters. As stated by Thorsten Fleisch himself: “Given the fact that a film is the visualization of a mathematical element, it is theoretically possible to render it in as high a resolution as technically feasible it without losing any detail. The visual structures and the transformations observed within are less important representations when compared to the complex visual structures of a three dimensional space. It is theoretically possible and more true to the mathematical formula to show the visual transformations in process through three dimensional holograms, so that anybody may perceive different space and time perspectives.”

Courtesy of the author