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MaSo carpet project aura calculata Sonapticon Chromology Coloursex Music of Life Pixelsex Tim Otto Roth

SIMPLE but COMPLEX: Tim Otto Roth has been exploring the fascinating facets of self-organisation for over 15 years, whether by means of traditional weaving, performances or extended illuminated sound sculptures.

PIXELSEX brings literally the mathematical self-organization principle of cellular automata to the point: Like in a football stadium spatio-temporal patterns as the Mexican wave evolve without a central control or directing instance, but are the result of the local interaction of agents with their neighbouring agents according to simple rules. In Tim Otto Roth's series of projects such agents can be pixels of a light façade in public space, a knot in a traditional carpet or human performers as in a choir. To express eventual social implications Tim Otto Roth uses in recent years also the concept of Mathematical Socialism (MaSo).

3 October 2021 Peri-Sonapticon: First light and sound for the Peri-Sonapticon: Yérri-Gaspar Hummel reveals with his saxophone play the inherent acoustic intelligence of the 41 audio neurons – housed units of two speakers, leds and a microelectronic.

26 November 2021 Self-organization as anthropological challenge – “mathematical socialism” as novel paradigm, (online) guest talk at the conference "Survival environment - strange practices of environmental interaction", Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, RU, 15h CET, Aufzeichnung: Twitter Icon

12 November 2020 Der Charme des diskreten Fehlers – wenn der Mathematische Sozialismus zur Kunst wird, guest talk, 6. BMG-Tag, Berliner Mathematische Gesellschaft, 17:00 h.

21 May 2019 From bacterial pixels to sounding nano-circuits – confronting self-organisation models with living agents, artist talk at BioClub, Shibuya, Tokyo (JP), 19:00h

27 October 2021, Vernetzt wie Nervenzellen, by Rainer Braxmaier, Offenburger Tageblatt


16 April 2019, A report by Sandipan Talukdar in the Indian online journal Newsklick: Weaving Mathematical Principles Into Indian Carpets, NewsClick India

October 2015 Aura Calculata – die Klang- und Lichtkunst von Tim Otto Roth siedeln an der Schnittstelle von Kunst und Wissenschaft, by Helga de la Motte-Haber, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 05/2015, pp. 34-37

December 2021, The Charme of the Discrete Error – When Mathematical Socialism Becomes Art, by Tim Otto Roth, Journal of Cellular Automata16.1-2, p. 153-171

25 June 2021 About the robustness of 1d cellular automata revising their temporal entropy by Tim Otto Roth, in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena Volume 425, November 2021.

March 2020, Logische Phantasien, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche Aschaffenburg, exhibition catalogue with contributions by Sebastian Baden, Thomas Richter, Miriam Seidler, Barbara Maria Stafford, Kehrer Heidelberg, 96 pages.


September 2019, Soundart edited by Peter Weibel shows on three double pages the Heaven's Carousel, the Sonapticon and the water organ aura calculata, MIT Press 2019.


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