Alexandra Assinger

Artist / Student
Textile - Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Vienna, Austria

What especially fascinates me about artistic research in this field is the combination of mathematics, in this case the passion for “simple” geometry, the relating wow-effects in the making-process and the challenge of using various materials with different characteristics and aesthetics. An experimental approach lets me understand the creative potential of transformations between the flat pattern and the three-dimensional body. In addition, I’m very passionate about the dynamic movement between determinist and indeterminist “decision-making” in the design process.

10 x 10 x 10 cm

The pattern for this object consists of a 10x10cm-cube which is excavated by a specific shape that is outlined by two butted hexagons. Each lateral length of the hexagon is “y”, as well as half of the cube’s diagonal. Once the existence of these (obvious) analogies of units, inside just as on the surface of the cube is known, a specific amount of different 3D-forms based on the length “y” can be found within the cube. Going further, one realizes that inside the “specific shape” (see above) there lie 5 more figures which can be formed by equilateral (“y”-)triangles: including one octahedron which is dual to the outer cube.

All that process is led by both “indeterminist” decisions and determinist geometric realities.