the one and the many – the other ones

la pipe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Intro short

the one and the many – the other ones emerged during an exploration of the fields of formal logic, axiomatics, and set theory. Chronologically, these projects followed translate 2020. It was a rather idiosyncratic affair with a lot of research and reading, led to simulations for Kurt Gödel and Marcel Broodthaers and included the production of various signs and drawings on canvas for Giuseppe Peano, George Boole and Rene Magritte. Johannes Jansen (author and artist) painted the images for ceci n’est pas une pipe and la pipe.

Ceci n’est pas une  pipe                                                                                                                                                                                                                         acrylic on canvass, 90 x 90 cm


the one and the many – the other ones deals with a section of the theoretical history of mathematics: number theory, logic, set theory and axiomatics from George Boole to contemporary theorists. These areas are the foundation of science and play a key role in the theory of science.

The conventional representation of knowledge content in the “hard” sciences is essentially reduced to the transportation of data and (preliminary) facts. The generative effect of knowledge production is left out and thus the understanding of the development and advancement of theories remains rudimentary. Especially textbooks for theoretical mathematics are characterized by a complete lack of contextuality to biographical, cultural and political events and interdisciplinary connections, so that the relations between the presented formulas and their environment do not appear.

This knowledge representation results in the impression of mathematics as an isolated, hermetic, static, and irrefutable entity that floats unrelatedly in a vacuum. This fallacy ensures that fascinating, problematic aspects and unsolved questions, which should stimulate further development, do not appear at all. In addition, this kind of representation leads to idealization and mythologization, which stand in the way of an innovative and productive approach.

Apart from Ceci n’est pas une pipe and la pipe, all  works have been painted by Tyyne Claudia Pollmann with acrylic on canvas and have varied formats.

other ones

all works painted by Tyyne Claudia Pollmann                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acrylic on canvas, varied formats