THE SPIRITUAL IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE - THE 5TH DIMENSION
by Bander van Ierland
THE SPIRITUAL IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE - THE 5TH DIMENSION
2023 BANDER VAN IERLAND
TEXTS AND SIMULATIONS
editor martin sjardijn
UNIVERSAL ART AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
1. Universal Art
Architecture and the visual arts remain guidelines in the development of a culture because they are plastic expressions of spirituality. We have the opportunity to become increasingly aware of our environment, the four dimensional universe, and the intrinsic value of it. The intelligent human being considers himself as a part of mankind, being present on a planet and thus it acts in human life. To create society we all belong and add to the developing “structure”. Communication and interaction are keywords in this perspective.
In this epoch we are positioned in a liberal–capitalist society which pinpoints the position of the individual as an economic unity, often at the cost of social coherence. On the other hand, liberalism gives us the possibilities of choice and individual development.
In the cultures, the arts have a common goal, and sometimes this has been translated in historic materialism in the environmental, civic, art. Design for the public is necessary but should further develop.
Liberal capitalism is the form of the material outer-world, with limited economical freedom. But the core of the matter is not the material outer world, but the spiritual inner world.
Art is the ideal communicative entity for this purpose. Man exists to design and add to create. All the created is the result of focused thought.
When we can search for a new design and architecture which is less materialistic in form and contents, we can design a less materialistic, more spiritual society.
If not to become vague or esoterically, we can apply a scientific vision as the foundation for art and architecture. An enormous, still growing quantity of scientific and philosophical discoveries and issues, nowadays form essential parts of our knowledge.
The Renaissance and Baroque architecture were good examples of almost universal art because in those days there was a great interest in philosophy, science and mathematics. One of the basic mathematical aspects in architecture involves axes and space–time axes. In the Baroque architecture one of the main features was the horizontal central axis, relating to the position of man towards nature.
In the modern architecture of van Doesburg, a diagonal space–time axis forms the essential part, and in the constructions of Baljeu there is an infinite space–time axis. Also in the arts of the ‘Stijl’ and the works of Baljeu, the synthesis of art and architecture forms the basis for a more spiritual architecture based on a space–time concept.
Thinking implies consciousness and thereby we “are“. A computer may be capable to “think “, or rather “count “ but it can’t be aware of space-time.
Reversely thinking, it is also true that if we did not have consciousness, we would not be capable of perceiving space–time.
It is important to look at artificial intelligence because it may learn us more about man‘s mind and it‘s relation to space-time. The capacity of consciousness implies awareness , thought, emotion, love, existential sensation , language, culture, experience and development.
One can be aware of the fact that the “classical” space–time thinkers were not currently up to date with the aspect of artificial intelligence. Their aim was, so to say, to depict space-time rather than the construction of the mind itself. If they did, they were only capable of perceiving it as progressive box, serving their platonic thoughts. Space–time is thereby not anymore fully the general foundation of thought, because in a way it is an excepted idea among intelligent people. Roger Penrose, author of books on physics, ends in one of his books with the question of the construction of the mind, and mentions the fading of the “classical” assumption of space–time. Space–time can more or less be seen as a precondition for life such as gravity or electromagnetism, without denying these.
Our capacity of thought implies impression, assumption, analysis, hypothesis, prognosis,
memory, creativity and calculation. For as far as we perceive this as a “system”, we can assume that these activities are necessarily integrated and interactive while in progress. Twofold it works as a mechanical and non-mechanical “system”, because we make thoughts concrete in words or other means, while at the same time, we produce a concept or an idea, which is in first instance immaterial, and simultaneously it can be transposed by means of communication.
Current issues in mathematics relate to the connection of mathematics and the brain, applicable on a space–time based concept.
We receive and store information while we are in progress, so the stored information is also in progress. Reception and storage of information is thereby four-dimensional. Everything observed, analysed and created, only for example science and art, has been the result of the functioning four-dimensional brain of the individual person, belonging to mankind. Each four-dimensional consciousness thereby belongs to the four-dimensional individual. Hofstädter stated in his book Gödel, Escher and Bach, that information perceived is stored in symbols. Also, the stored symbols are processed by two systems when we make a thought concrete.
He mentions a two-fold system when we express thought: declarative knowledge, and procedural knowledge. Declarative thought is the quantity of stored ”facts” that can be produced, procedural knowledge reads and programs the stored facts.
Thought is in a certain way constructively seen as the transmissions of ions between neurons. As entities each belong to themselves, and if they are relative, one can give, in a mathematical way, each entity a coördinate system. If every coödinate system has it’s own time-axis, due to four-dimensionality, each entity may have it’s own time-axis. If we for instance could give each ion a space-time axis, we can perceive the processing of the neuron system as a progressive magnitude of space-time axial systems.
The aims of my works are the visualisation of: The possible construction of thought as it could be in a four-dimensional way, as a basis for models of abstract and synthetic architecture. This architecture can have as a goal and subject the donation to a constructive and consciously thinking, spiritual and four-dimensional society.