Flatland

Anne-Lise Coste, Enric Farrés Duran, Ignacio Uriarte, Rubén Grilo, Alexander Calder, Fran Meana, Regina Gimenez, Soledad Sevilla

Barcelona
Jan 13 - Mar 23, 2018

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884 by Seeley & Co. of London. Written pseudonymously by “A Square”, the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.

The story describes a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures. The narrator is a square named “A Square”, who guides the readers through some of the implications of life in two dimensions. On New Year’s Eve, the Square dreams about a visit to a one-dimensional world (Lineland) inhabited by “lustrous points”. These points are unable to see the Square as anything other than a set of points on a line. Thus, the Square attempts to convince the realm’s monarch of a second dimension; but is unable to do so.

Following this vision, he is himself visited by a three-dimensional sphere named A Sphere. Similar to the “points” in Lineland, the Square is unable to see the sphere as anything other than a circle. The Sphere then levitates up and down through the Flatland, allowing Square to see the circle expand and retract. The Square is not fully convinced until he sees Spaceland (a tridimensional world) for himself.

After the Square’s mind is opened to new dimensions, he tries to convince the Sphere of the theoretical possibility of the existence of a fourth (and fifth, and sixth…) spatial dimension; but the Sphere returns his student to Flatland in disgrace.

The Square recognises the identity of the ignorance of the monarchs of Pointland and Lineland with his own (and the Sphere’s) previous ignorance of the existence of higher dimensions. Eventually the Square himself is imprisoned, and seven years later, A Square writes out the book Flatland in the form of a memoir, hoping to keep it as posterity for a future generation that can see beyond their two-dimensional existence.

Flatland features in The Big Bang Theory episode “The Psychic Vortex”, when Sheldon Cooper declares it one of his favourite imaginary places to visit.

With special thanks to Ana Mas Projects, San Juan (PR)-Barcelona.

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Selected works

Fran Meana
The Immaterial Material #2

2014
Metal shelving units, plastic grid, concrete
160 × 210 × 32 cm (63 × 82 1116 × 12 1932 inches)

Martin Creed
Chicago, Work no. 1370

2012
Watercolor on record sleeve, vinyl
33.5 × 33.5 × 2 cm (13 316 × 13 316 × 2532 inches)

Alexander Calder
Balloons

1968
Silkscreen
109.7 × 75.7 cm (43 316 × 29 1316 inches)

Regina Gimenez
Geometría Cósmica

2016
Acrylic on canvas
73 × 116 cm (28 34 × 45 2132 inches)

Ignacio Uriarte
60 seconds

2005
Wrist watches
⌀400 cm (⌀157 1532 inches)

Soledad Sevilla
S/T

1969
Ink on paper
65 × 70 cm (25 1932 × 27 916 inches)

Enric Farrés Duran
El coleccionista, el artista y todo lo demás

2018
Helium ballon, string, metal, cement
Dimensions variable

Anne-Lise Coste
Untitled

2008
Airbrush on wood
180 × 208 cm (70 78 × 81 78 inches)

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