Katharina Kamph's Timaios serves as a direct reference to Plato, who provides the first description of the Platonic solids in the creation myth Timaios. The protagonists Timaios, Socrates, Kritias and Hermokrates philosophise about the origin of the world. In his lecture on natural philosophy, Timaios explains why the cosmos is shaped by two factors: reason and necessity. Since God must have created the cosmos optimally, the nature of the world is made up of four fundamental elements, whose ultimate symmetry and thus beauty imperatively explain their existence.
Paul Schatz, a german mathematician, artist, and inventor, discovered in 1929 that the dodecahedron can be subdivided into two star bodies and a cube-belt, more specifically into movable inverted bodies or kaleidocycles. Kamph's Timaios is shaped in the form of a kaleidocycle and filled with several tetrahedrons. Plato's question about the origin of the World is brought into the context of an artistic object conceived by Paul Schatz added with tetrahedrons, that can be turned around forever and ever.
Katharina Kamph, 2011
148 x 210mm; 10 pages. Paper. DIY
Signed by Artist. Edition of 50