Tuesday, February 24, 2009
From the work series about the origin of ideas, Ockam`s Razor
Dyed fiberglass, charcoal
Ockham's razor is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham. The principle states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory. The term razor refers to the act of shaving away unnecessary assumptions to get to the simplest explanation.
In the novel by Umberto Eco “Name of the rose” an historical 14th century whodunit murder mystery one can find this thought of deductive reasoning applied by the main character William of Baskerville whose figure is based on the upper mentioned.
I found this thought fitting while working on this installation, a sort of artistic application of the scholastic method. Three by three was the exhibitions title; literally meaning that I could only use 12 sqm of space and according to this I choose this sliced and carbonized materials.