All the planets as one
Patrick Hickley | Complex Structures, 2012
My new sounds:
Mark Dorf - //_PATH (2013)
“When examining our daily contemporary lives in Western culture, one finds that there is barely a single situation that is not influenced by digital technology and communication through the World Wide Web. I specifically find interest in the ways in which we have become dependent upon this technology to help aid us in our navigation of our every day and how it affects our perception of the world around us all socially, emotionally, and physically – it is no longer about logging on or off, but rather living within and creating harmony with the realms and constructs of the internet for our newest generation of inhabitants.
//_PATH explores these ideas through digital photography, collage, 3D rendering, and primitive 3D scanning technology. Within the images I focus on using strict geometric and synthetic form to contrast against the landscape in which they are manifested; a comparison of language.
The natural landscape can be seen as the most ancient of symbolic languages: it is the original set of symbols that birthed all of modern language; it is the original text. Focusing on the landscape and our modern digital language, I seek to understand our aggressive capture and digitization of our surroundings through very basic use of pure color and the native tools of contemporary digital imaging that we use to create meaning and manipulation in mass media.”
The gravitational orbit of any body forms a helix, when you view their direction of travel as a time dimension. A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; X is a time dimension, Y and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.
Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of objects through time. One example I enjoy is the fractal nature of gravitational orbits. Consider the 4D shape of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth through time; a helix. The helix of the Moons orbit is ‘wrapped’ around the helical orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The helices of the Earth and Moon are further ‘wrapped’ around the orbit of the Sun around the center of our Galaxy. When Galaxies orbit each other another iteration is possible. Because gravity causes the same behavior at different physical scales, a fractal pattern is generated. Viewed from the ‘side’, with one space and one time dimension, orbits are fractal waves. Viewed from the ‘top’ (two space dimensions) they are fractal circles. A 3D slice in spacetime (XYZ) shows a helical fractal. The true 4D object is a fractal hyperhelix.
Another beautiful fractal in time is biology. Every time a cell divides it creates a bifurcation or a ‘branch’. The same thing happens whenever an organism reproduces, or at each speciation event. All life is part of the same 4-dimensional fractal tree, extending back in time to the moment of abiogenesis. When you consider your 4-dimensional shape it becomes clear that we are all part of the same fractal organism, wrapped on the spherical surface of a hyperhelix!
I have a difficult time explaining this concept, if you don’t understand it’s because I’m not doing a good enough job explaining. I can see it perfectly in my mind, and I wish I could create visuals to show exactly what I mean. If there are any visual artists (paper or CG) who understand and would like to help spread this concept, please contact me. The same goes for any mathematicians who can clarify any of this!