Diffusion Processes and Light Installations: Mathematics, Visualisation, and Perception

Mike Kostner, Arjan Kuijper and and Franz Schubert
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 265–272


This work discusses perceptual and mathematical aspects of light installations made by the Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz. The visual realisation of such installations can be modelled by a diffusion process. One aspect of such a process is that details merge to form larger structures - related to the distance from which the object is observed. We give examples of this process from the artistic, perceptional, and mathematical viewpoints.