Work-in-progress Wednesday #WIPW
How many digits of π can you recite? Mathematics, memory and dance.
From 2012, this was the process of developing choreography for π (Pi) danced by @_mishmb in the full evening work The Brodmann Areas at @cprnyc . Each week I sent a short clip of numbers with guiding choreography. We had a system, a code for each class of digit, but it depended upon the preceding material. Michelle always said that I did the worst things to a dancer, not letting her rehearse the digits. I was attempting to challenge and make her short-term memory fail. Well, just try challenging Michelle. You can’t win. In the end she danced 301 digits of π. And gave me the skunk eye. We were exploring the idea of storage in memory. Asking if it was possible to memorize 300 digits by creating a storage or encoding system. And it succeeded. But I think if you asked Michelle today, she would only remember a few groups of 7-digit chains of material. ***********
In 2013 I presented a talk about this process at the @brooklynmuseum along side artist #Shimonattie and Professor #Karimnader from McGill University whose research on memory formed the basis for the plot of the movie #EternalSunshineoftheSpotlessMind . ***********
And don’t you love my outfit? This was filmed in the old @nortemaar gallery space from the Bushwick days. Must have been cold too—double layers, hat and cow pants. And there’s a hint of a @tamaragonzales painting to the left.
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