The Association’s name is a reference to Gilles Deleuze’s book,
Le Pli: Leibniz et le Baroque (The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, 1988). His investigation of the baroque and its manifestations in mathematics, architecture, art, philosophy, music, and literature offers an extensive interpretation of the polyhedric thought of Gottfried W. Leibniz, the baroque polymath to whom we owe the invention of differential calculus. Through the invention of new logistical concepts—some of which are also inspired from non-Western epistemologies, such as the structure of the Chinese language—Leibniz’s systems are concerned with generating new ways of organising data. Leibniz is also the inventor of the binary numeral system, which laid the groundwork for further mathematical reasoning that led to computability and Artificial Intelligence. Deleuze argues that the arborescent philosophy of Leibniz is “baroque” par excellence, as it operates by way of “folds” and in labyrinthine ways, like a French formal garden. The task of the baroque is to endlessly produce folds, to devise functions that can englobe all the irregularities of the world. Baroque culture took form in a Western world that called for new orders of knowledge. As a reaction to the austere Reformation, baroque culture also became a deeply visual culture, an illusionary machine as exemplified by Jesuit drama. This early age of simulacra, where reality was made dubious is analogical to our current age of simulation and liquid reality. In the light of such ideas, the research carried by UNFOLD understands the baroque not merely as a exuberant artistic style confined by historical limits, but rather as an “operative function” that is associable to certain topics in contemporary artistic research. The Sicilian Oriental coast is the ideal stage to experiment these ideas as it hosts a rich patrimony of baroque architecture. made with Lay Theme
UNFOLD (CT) P.iva 05564790870 Via Museo Biscari 10 – 95131 Catania
Pietro Scammacca (Founder & Curator)
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