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Differential Geometry, the Informational Surface and Oceanic Art: The Role of Pattern in Knowledge Economies

Küchler, S; (2017) Differential Geometry, the Informational Surface and Oceanic Art: The Role of Pattern in Knowledge Economies. Theory, Culture and Society , 34 (7-8) pp. 75-97. 10.1177/0263276417730600. Green open access

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Abstract

Graphic pattern (e.g. geometric design) and number-based code (e.g. digital sequencing) can store and transmit complex information more efficiently than referential modes of representation. The analysis of the two genres and their relation to one another has not advanced significantly beyond a general classification based on motion-centred geometries of symmetry. This article examines an intriguing example of patchwork coverlets from the maritime societies of Oceania, where information referencing a complex genealogical system is lodged in geometric designs. By drawing attention to the interplay of graphic pattern and number-based code and its role in the knowledge economies of maritime societies, the article offers new insight into possible ways of designing a digital informational surface that captures the behaviour of an operational system, allowing both for differentiation and integration.

Type: Article
Title: Differential Geometry, the Informational Surface and Oceanic Art: The Role of Pattern in Knowledge Economies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0263276417730600
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276417730600
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: algebraic systems, differential geometry, informational surfaces, maritime navigation, pattern analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570484
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