Three of M20’s Pantea Karimi’s Moon artworks have been selected for the Art of Planetary Science exhibition, organized by the science department at the University of Arizona. Imaging the Moon i, Imaging the Moon ii, & The Infinite Moon i evolved out of her 2019 Mercury Twenty show COUNTDOWN: BIRUNI – GALILEO – APOLLO, which explored about astronomy and the Moon landing. The exhibition features artwork that is created from scientific data, or incorporates scientific ideas, with the aim of providing a new perspective on the work of scientists and the universe. The yearly exhibit finds common ground between artists and scientists.
In addition, Pantea’s medieval math project An Homage to Khayyam and Pascal was published in the UK’s Journal of Mathematics and the Arts . The publication, established in 2007, is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal that deals with relationship between mathematics and the arts.
image: Khayyam-Pascal, Installation view, The Rotch Library at MIT, 2018
Pantea’s work, which began in 2014, explores the mathematics of medieval Iran, known as The Islamic Golden Age of Science. She writes of her inspiration for the above image:
“This gave me an opportunity to delve into my origins and place of birth and understand the Persian culture from another perspective. It was here that I came across Pascal’s Triangle. The triangular pattern of binomial coefficients was intensely striking visually, ideal for my work. Digging deeper, I learned that the discovery of binomial coefficients is named after the seventeenth-century French mathematician, Blaise Pascal. However, it emerged that centuries before, Omar Khayyam, the twelfth-century Iranian mathematician and poet, was already studying binomial numbers. In December 2015, The Guardian published an article about a new book, Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History by historian Lynn Gamwell (2016). In her book, Gamwell clearly explains the binomial numbers’ triangle and its history. In Figure 1, each hexagon contains a number which is the sum of the numbers above it. For example, in the last row, the number 792 is the sum of the two numbers 330 + 426. This triangular pattern in Iran is known as Khayyam’s triangle after Omar Khayyam who described the same pattern earlier than Pascal.”