Thursday, June 04, 2009

Savant Art

Megalopolis 22, by George Widener
This picture of an imaginary future city shines light on a common savant fascination: calendars. The artist George Widener is both a calendrical and artistic savant. He says that the numbers in this painting reflect numerical patterns that emerge when he plays with dates. “I find many strange things happening,” he says. Although his pictures are almost impenetrable to the viewer, Widener is convinced that thinking machines of the future will at least appreciate them: “I really do believe that superintelligent machines will explore my pics, with thousands of dates with thousands of connections and patterns in them, someday, for relaxation.”

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