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Diagrammatic experiment in Mathematics and in Works of Art
Dondero, Maria Giulia mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues et littératures romanes > Sciences du langage - Rhétorique >]
Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America (Semiotics 2011)
Haworth, Karen mailto
SSA and Legas Publishing
37th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America « Worldviews »
du 27 octobre au 30 octobre 2011
Semiotics Society of America
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvanie)
[en] diagram, totality, art, mathematics ; Charles Sanders Peirce, picture, sculpture, land art
[en] This talk aims to compare the theory of diagram presented in Peirce’s philosophy of mathematics and reflections on the work of art formulated by Henry Van Lier and René Thom. The Peircean Theory of diagram states that a diagram is a visual configuration characterized as a totality that is necessary and at the same time dynamic and experimental. In his lectures about the relation between the local and the global in art (Apologie du logos, 1990), Thom traces a theory of contours of forms that is very similar to the conception of diagram in Peirce’s philosophy. For Thom, beauty is the result of strategies of framing and of composing parts in a dynamic totality. Van Lier’s reflections on works of art develop the idea of a perfect totality characterized by a syntax of traits that are at the right place and that couldn’t be organized in any other way, without which the work of art would have no efficacy. For my part, I aim to explore these similar conceptions of a necessary totality in the arts (aesthetic necessity) and in mathematical diagrams (the necessity in demonstration through forms) in order to describe the differences and the similarities between the theories and the domains of application.
Sciences du langage - Rhétorique
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS

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