ietsnut / Ordering the unordered

I researched the contrast between intuition and rationality (chaos and order). Starting with abstraction and reduction (order) in Bauhaus philosophy and contrasting this with humor as a form of chaos/intuition.

The Bauhaus philosophy is characterized by clean, simple and useful shapes. Reduction plays a big role in design, for example the color palette (primary colors).

Visualizing humor over time on a 2d graph would look like a straight line with an deviation; a leap in logic is represented as an organic abnormality in geometry.

Departing from humor as a leap in logic, we can see a similar tension in Dao; on the threshold between Yin (order) and Yang (chaos) is where meaning, or in this case humor, is found. As Gert Dumbar said: “ordering the unordered”.

A physical manifestation of this threshold is seen in Yung’s Trickster archetype. A theoretical example is Zeno’s dichotomy paradox (absurd physical results of mathematical reasoning).


An interactive battle of intuition and logic between 2 pianists (grand piano = improvisation, and organ = composition). The played composition is decided by the majority of votes. The result felt like a conversation between the audience (through the organ player) and the pianist.
Visually fighting the Bauhaus shape while playing my romantic piano composition.
Visually fighting Bauhaus shape designs with human forms and improvised music.
Breaking expected form with dancing fingers and my romantic piano composition.
Wearable geometric Bauhausian shapes attached to gyroscopes to translate motion into notes. The geometric shapes contrasts with the human form, breaks it visually and is translated into music by position/rotation.
A composition written to be played by dancers, specifying the 3d translation of different elements attached to the dancers to produce music.
Triadic Ballet
Triadic Ballet
A leap in logic from the r/AnarchyChess subreddit. Everyday the top comment picks the next move.
All of this is represented in the One Minute Sculptures by Erwin Wurm: the usual expected shape of a caravan gets broken by human elements; legs and arms of spectators.