Art & Culure
ART AS A LANDSCAPE OF FOLDS |
Ankon Mitra
LA 64
Ankon Mitra, an architect and artist did his post-graduation in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from University College, London. To him, the ancient art of Origami is a cutting edge tool/technique that is being deployed by robotic engineers, space scientists, biotech researchers, mathematicians, computation experts, botanists, architects and artists to create solutions for the real world in the 21st Century. With ‘Oritecture’, Mitra shares a unique vision of a universe forming and dissolving from acts of folding. His work has been exhibited in India, Italy, France, UK, USA, Japan and most recently at the Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale in 2019. In the special feature, Ankon shares his various inspirations in nature and selected artworks.
Hearing the Folded Songs of Gaia

I am deeply passionate about exploring folds in the natural world. I study the science of energy flowing through space, and I have come to the realization that all forms of energy [sound, light, heat, gravitation] travel by folding through space. Matter is in fact Energy made visible and therefore this aspect of folding permeates into all things that we see around us. Empty space is itself crumpled [like a piece of paper with infinite folds in it], and life forms in this space begin with folds within the DNA strands. You and I are made from folding, work through folding and are surrounded by folding. I use the technique of Origami to express this fantastic truth about the cosmos - and the simplicity and immediacy of paper folding helps me to easily lay bare the interconnected web of this profound knowledge in a visual language which even a child can understand.



 


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ART AS A LANDSCAPE OF FOLDS
Ankon Mitra















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