"I am seeking a distant point at the origin of creation; where I sense a single formula for … all the forces surrounding us." Paul Klee

004 Verse 5

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This first chapter of five verses visualises the evolution of my primal infinitessimal point through incremental, discrete steps. Implying dimensional increase, not of the point itself but of the dimensional properties that will need to exist for such a point to be viable. As such the evolutionary progression conveyed by these verses is of an expansion constrained within an infinitely curved boundary or singularity; suggesting a zero point, radius, circumference, spherical surface and finally a sphere of no size of infinitesimal proportions.

With the emergence of a fifth co-ordinate, the obvious place to locate it is at the centre of the tetrahedral structure, as the eye of the all knowing observer would see it, so to speak. In appearance the core Zero now becomes a One or possibly it’s the apex of a pyramid, or perhaps it’s both? Either way the nothingness-at-all has been evolved into a nothingness-cubed, predicating the emergence of the fourth dimension, where the three dimensions of space acquire the attribute of time. A ‘real’ nothingness in three dimensions acquiring ‘virtual’ existence as a spatial entity of fleeting or infinitesimally short duration? The same rhetorical questioning, with a dose of practical reasoning ….

“We came to geometry. The teacher made a point on the blackboard, she erased it and said ‘That doesn’t exist.’ She made a row of points and said, ‘That’s a line and it doesn’t exist either.’ She made a number of parallel lines and put them together to form a plane and said it didn’t exist. And then she stacked the planes one on top of the other so that they made a cube, and she said that existed.

“I wondered how you could get existence out of non-existence to the third power. It seemed unreasonable. So I asked her, ‘How old is it?’ The teacher said I was just being facetious. I asked her what it weighed and I asked how hot it was and she got angry. The cube just didn’t have anything that I thought was existence.”

Buckminster Fuller – interviewed in ‘The Rolling Stone’ magazine



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