CUTMR 2012: Geo-cognition by Wendy Fok
by Harry / January 31, 2012


One of our favorite rooms at the 2012 edition of the Come Up To My Room show during Toronto Design Offsite was Wendy Fok's Geo-cognition featuring a flowing sculpture, which when lit, cast shadows of cityscapes at the ends.



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Based on the geometric concepts of projective geometry (duality principal) and the convergence theory, Geo-cognition presents four geographic locations that have had the most significant impact in artist Wendy Fok's career and life.


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More from Wendy Fok:

The supervening confluences, which occur through transitional developments between the cities, are formalized by utilizing a form of projective geometry, and attach itself within an underlying cognitive geometrics theory.

The confluences of the cities, through its linearity and dynamics, are representations of both durational and formal natures of the transitions. These factors are carefully developed and linked to the artist's respective influences and the relative time spent within the period of that city, resulting in the dynamic affects which transition between the axioms of the different skylines and planes. Formally speaking, the different skylines merge (converge) from one into another, creating a morphogenesis between the planes.

Projective Geometry is the branch of geometry dealing with the properties and invariants of geometric figures under projection. In older literature, projective geometry is sometimes called "higher geometry," "geometry of position," or "descriptive geometry" (Cremona 1960, pp. v-vi).

The most amazing result arising in projective geometry is the duality principle, which states that a duality exists between theorems such as Pascal's theorem and Brianchon's theorem which allows one to be instantly transformed into the other.

More generally, all the propositions in projective geometry occur in dual pairs, which have the property that, starting from either proposition of a pair, the other can be immediately inferred by interchanging the parts played by the words "point" and "line."

Geo-Cognition by Wendy Fok was a spare installation of what looked like an exaggerated moulding curving around the floor and walls of one room. This was offered as a kind of riddle "There are 4 cities here - can you find them?" asked the designer. The answer is in the shadows, which depict the skylines of cities including Hong Kong and Manhattan. Interesting how closely the brain and the eyes are connected.

Photos: Agata and Lucas Piskunowicz, courtesy Gladstone Hotel

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