THE ORANGE THEORY: Art+Research
The Orange Theory project: is a laboratory for site-based research and experimentation, an investigation of space and objects through creative practice projects developed around landscape and architectural sites. Generated out of research into the specific conditions and circumstances characterizing sites, projects take place in a broad context of site responsive and investigative artistic practices. Projects reflect an interest in transdisciplinarity, and in the complex web of environmental, scientific, political, and social factors framing and linking spaces and objects. The Orange Theory aims to generate projects which are experimental and investigative, opening up new avenues and approaches to practice.
- René Descartes reasoned the spinning earth was constricted at the equator by gravitational forces causing it to bulge at the poles, and so it had the shape of a lemon. Isaac Newton disagreed. He believed that centrifugal force arising from the spinning of the enormous mass of the earth would cause it to bulge at the equator, thus giving it a shape similar to that of an orange. Newton’s hypothesis was called “The orange theory”, Descartes’ “The lemon theory”.
- Contemporary scientific explanations conflate space and time into four dimensional space-time with gravity a product of the curving of space-time as it encounters mass. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) proposed a clockwork universe in which space was an infinite empty container and time flowed, endlessly and regularly. His contemporary Leibniz, on the other hand, maintained that without objects there was nothing, space was constituted by the spatial relations of material objects.
- Perec G., Species of Spaces and Other Pieces.
- Perec G., An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.
- Space is the subject of George Perec’s incomplete Places project. In 1969 Perec selected twelve sites in Paris intending to visit each one and write two descriptions. One was to be written on the spot while the second was to be written later and and somewhere other than the place itself. Perec planned to repeat this process over a period of twelve years until all twelve places had been described twenty four times. The resulting two hundred and eighty eight texts arising from his experiments would record an experience of aging: of the places, of his memories, and his writing.
- On Landscape Ontology: An Interview with Graham Harman. http://bit.ly/NDp7EM
- The Orange Theory research project is supported by AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.