Minimalism, Math, and Biology

Bojana Ginn
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 535–538


We are living in an exciting time in history when we daily witness the exponential explosion of scientific knowledge and hear of unorthodox interdisciplinary collaborations. Unexpected teams of professionals like artists and scientists, or biologists and mathematicians, or biologists and architects, through their research and discoveries, are reshaping not only the ways in which we think of our present and our future, but also the way in which we see our past. Looking back into art history with this interdisciplinary approach, we are now able to see the connection between cubism and the theory of relativity, or between the paintings of Jackson Pollock and quantum physics. In the process of analyzing the patterns and principles of minimal and neo-minimal art, contemporary mathematics, and biology, I found interesting parallels and connections, which I will present in this paper.