Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought by Nikolaus Gansterer

By Nikolaus Gansterer

Drawing a speculation is an exhilarating reader at the ontology of varieties of visualizations and at the improvement of the diagrammatic view and its use in modern paintings, technology and conception. In an extreme technique of alternate with artists and scientists, Nikolaus Gansterer finds drawing as a media of study allowing the emergence of latest narratives and concepts by way of tracing the speculative capability of diagrams. according to a discursive research of stumbled on figures with the artists' personal diagrammatic maps and versions, the invited authors create distinctive correlations among pondering and drawing. because of its skill to mediate among notion and mirrored image, drawing proves to be the most simple tools of clinical and inventive perform, and performs an important function within the construction and verbal exchange of information. The ebook is a wealthy compendium of figures of proposal, which strikes from medical illustration via inventive interpretation and vice versa.

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Der Begrttrdes Diagramms im Strukiurdenken M Foucaults und M Serres, in: Diagrammatik und Philosoph ie, ed. P. , Amsterdam, Atlanta, GA:, pp. 89-120, p. " 6) Foucault, trans!. Ibid. 7) In topology cf. ), Topologie. Zur Raumbeschreibung in den Kultur- und Medienwissenschafien, (Topology. ), Falten, Knoten, Netze, Stiilpungen in Kunst und iheorie (Folds, Knots, Nets, Reverse J)rawing in Art and iheory), Vienna, 2009. 8) Benedict Listing, Vorstudien zur iiJpologie (Preliminary Studies in iiJpology, 1847): here following Marie-Luise Heuser, iiJpologie in derMathematik (Topology in Mathematics), in: G[inzel, Topologie, pp.

While cutting it is considered the sign of progress in mathematics, the knot doesn't relinquish its primordial status all that easily. Euclid's first postulate, "To draw a straight line from any point to any point," is the graphic hypothesis on which is founded the notion that there are drawings which may be considered to all intents and purposes equivalent to abstract thought. By literally drawing a hypothesis, the postulate at once recruits drawing to the cause of deductive reasoning and furnishes quod erat demonstrandum with an image; it warrants a line to draw a conclusion (a theorem) and the a priori to compel reality as surely as a geometer constructs figures.

G. Michel Serres, who ident ifies a dia grammatic threedimensionality in the paintin gs of Carpaccio. Michel Serres, Carpaccio. Asthetische Zugang« (Aesthetic App roaches s, Reinbek b. Hamburg , 1981. 06-I2a ( -~ PIII/05) 33 34 · #1 HypothesIs fig. 06-0 1 SusaJme Leeb - A Line with Variable Direction, which Traces No Contour, and Delimits No Form 35 " ...... ,, " ... \ Fig. 13 While the specific nature of diagrams would be overlooked if one were to regard them exclusively as images, without understanding the relations being established with their help, it is only their representative nature which allows one to recognise how lines channel thought in a figurative as well as in a spatial sense.

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