Chilean math prodigy helps produce Parisian art exhibition

Young Chilean mathematician works with cult director David Lynch and Patti Smith in an exhibition that combines contemporary art with mathematics.

Chilean artists are no strangers to prestigious international galleries, but twenty-three year old mathematician Giancarlo Lucchini is still not quite sure how he was head hunted to form part of an exhibition at the Foundation Cartier in Paris, in which he worked with nine acclaimed contemporary artists, including cult director David Lynch and songwriter and visual artist, Patti Smith.
“Somebody realised that they were going to need a full time mathematician. They spoke to some mathematician, who passed on my name,” Lucchini surmised to El Mercurio.
Those “somebodies” of the organizing committee included the director of Foundation Cartier, Hervé Chandès, as well as Jean Pierre Bourguignon, director of the major center of mathematical studies in France, the Institute of High Scientific Studies.
However it came about, Lucchini, a specialist in algebraic geometry, was one of eight mathematicians and scientists from around the world chosen to collaborate with the nine artists in an exhibition entitled Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere.
The artists and their more rationally-inclined counterparts worked together in creating artistic pieces designed to “transform the abstract thinking of mathematics into a stimulating experience for the mind and senses, an experience accessible to everyone.”
During the three months in which the exhibition was created, Lucchini had the opportunity to work with the French painter Jean-Michel Alberola on an artwork called “A mathematical sky,” a mural of computer-designed constellations inspired by the mathematician Henri Poincaré, known as “the last universalist” for having made incursions into all of the branches of mathematics.
Lucchini also worked with director David Lynch, who was responsible for designing the first floor of the exhibition, in which they divided the room into two sections, one exhibiting videos and the second displaying a virtual “library of mysteries.”
The exhibition will run until March 18, 2012. For more information see the Foundation Cartier website.