Rear Garden KHM Rundgang 2013
group exhibition Neue Nummer, Raum für alle I ganz schön Kalk, Köln
New Number is a lecture about stress and mathematics—independence proofs, naive set theories, generalized continuum hypothesis, solving zeta function, primes of bad reduction, hyper primitives and real and imaginary sets.
It starts with what-is-repetition, addressing the anxieties and concerns of young artists/students, mixes it with philosophy of mathematics, and goes on by readings with psychoanalysis. The performance ends with an endeavour to prove a historical mathematical conjecture in silence. The try fails of course, but is definitely productive. The failure to solve the difficult problem is evident for me as it is difficult, but still is not completely impossible. As someone who has studied applied mathematics, with this performance, I tried to bring my own unfinished business with 'understanding of mathematics' to the table, the modern science, and the relationships in mathematical realities to the social reality of the performance itself. It is a gesture to bring the computational into the artist's stuttering tongue in this digital age; a humorous critique on efficiency, rigour, communication-design, and the-mathematical.