“The Quest of Understanding,” Frank Bueltge’s newest art installation, invites viewers to explore the boundaries and intersections between art and science. Bueltge, a renowned sculptor, has created a work that combines the shape of a globe, a projector, and four large mirrors. The piece begins with a projection of the modern scientific theories on physics and philosophy, which appear on the globe as images of planets, stars, and galaxies. Through the mirrors, viewers can encounter their own reflections and consider their place within the expansive universe.
The artwork also challenges viewers to consider the theories of complexity and emergence. How does the arrangement of small parts lead to a greater whole? What processes allow for the evolution of patterns and forms? Bueltge’s work, by synthesis of its components, encourages viewers to consider the implications of these questions.
“The Quest of Understanding” pushes the boundaries of both art and science, creating a conversation between two seemingly disparate fields. Bueltge has created an environment that asks viewers to explore their relationship to complex systems, both within and beyond the artwork.
Frank Bueltge continues to experiment with large language models, neural networks, big data, and other cutting-edge technologies in his work. Viewers can explore his previous piece, “Explore the Universe in the Age of Reasoning: An Immersive Experience of Colours, Sounds, and Visions” here.