experimentation / asymmetry / UNRATIONAL LANDSCAPES
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A series of black and white images cut out from books of landscapes found in the street.

Exhibition
“point d’appui/ snertiflötur
Alliance française de Reykjavik, Iceland
Caroline Bouissou & Einar Garibaldi Eiriksson
with a text by Michel Petitjean, researcher INSERM, Paris, France

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Alliance française de Reykjavik, Islande – Einar Garibaldi & Caroline Bouissou  © C. Bouissou

text by Michel Petitjean, researcher INSERM, Paris, France

“Unreasoned landscapes” is a series of black and white photographic images cut out from books of landscapes found in the street. The cut-out shapes are regular geometric and gyratory. The rotation of the cut-outs produces a disruption of the initial images. The black and white colouring allows a semblance of unity to be maintained while disturbing their reading. The title “Paysages déraisonnés” (Unreasoned landscapes) is a reference to catalogues raisonnés and the rational arrangement of collections. The shapes cut out by Caroline Bouissou create chaos in the image, disordering it.

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A number of authors have discussed the link between chaos and asymmetry, or between disorder and asymmetry, or between order and symmetry.
Numerous definitions of symmetry, both formal and intuitive, have been unified into a single mathematical definition, published in 2007 in the journal “Symmetry: Culture and Science” (see https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01552499). Asymmetry is the negation of symmetry. Pushed to the extreme, asymmetry is not easy to characterise (cf. Michel Petitjean & Caroline Bouissou “Asymmetrical exchanges” (cf. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01782438).
Chaos’, as used by many physicists and mathematicians, is generally associated with disorder. If we define ‘disorder’ as the negation of order (in mathematics, ‘order’, whether total or partial, has a very restrictive meaning), it corresponds little with the ‘disorder’ of physicists, which is linked to entropy.

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Entropy has two different meanings, one in mathematics and one in physics, and unfortunately they are confused because they can lead to the same equation in physics, which is linked to disorder. Sometimes we link some of these concepts to chance, but chance and disorder are quite different.

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