Week 5_Relation of First four weeks and Midterm_by Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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The topic of each week was different and interesting to talk about, yet they all had on thing in common: even though they were typically contrasting cultures, ideas, or methods, I soon realized that we often combine them in our everyday life when we want to create something beautiful.

The basis of the first part of the quarter was the first week’s topic, “Two cultures” and to what extent is it possible to have the third culture, one that combines both. A third culture not only gives an individual broader knowledge but also actually helps him communicate with the people around him. Imagine if everybody was restricted to his “own world” without any way to bridge this gap? Besides the communication issue, understanding and appreciating the other culture is necessary asset for those who want to distinguish. Einstein, one of the best scientists of all times, once said that “imagination is more important that knowledge” suggesting that the creative scientists are the ones who make a groundbreaking invention or discovery.

The same concept applies to the topic we analyzed during week 2; mathematics and art are interconnected even though it is not always obvious. Escher, being impressed by science, he used mathematics extensively in his works as he created famous paintings that have perfect mathematical accuracy (“Circle Limit III”). Furthermore, he introduced perspective in his works; he added a third dimension, which can be mathematically proven if draw triangles and find all the angles.

As technology has developed to an incredible level that surprises us every day, its smart use has also advanced art. During the lectures we saw a couple excerpts from movies that have really astonished the viewers. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Matrix use special effects and slow time motion respectively which really reflect the use of technology for artistic purposes.

Week four had a very interesting topic as we looked at Hippocrates and the medicine in ancient Greece. Even though medicine is a science, the first doctor, Hippocrates, was rather an artist. He imagined of what goes wrong and then treated the patient. His contribution to the society was immense as he introduced medicine by being creative and good willing.

Personally, my midterm project summarizes the basic concept of the first four weeks as I managed to use technology and science in order to produce art, resulting in improving our living conditions. My project is about the installation of LCD screens in offices, displaying digital scenery that brings tranquility, concentration and positivism to the workers who struggle every single day. The technology used in this project already exists, but has not been used in this way; however, this time it is applied in a real-life situation in order to improve the working conditions. The reason the underlying idea is important is that, in this case, an entertaining device is now used in a different field, having an entirely special meaning. LCD screens are not used to watch a movie or a show, but, with the aid of psychology, they help workers calm down, concentrate and work harder.

Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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