Human Mathematics

 Digitais de Deus, Martaque 1987 (pencil on map)

Digitais de Deus, Martaque 1987 (pencil on map)

Martaque, (Vali Al Khawarizm) father of Martaque, (Jamilla Visco Al Khawarizm) attempted to prove God's existence through a series of drawings he referred to as "Digitais de Deus" (Fingerprints of God). "If God created this planet, shouldn't there be marks or imprints on it's surface?" After his death, his daughter realised that the abstraction presented by the drawings on the maps was fascinating. She further refined his methods by including more human generated data, to combine the abstract and divine aspects of mathematics with the variables of statistics. The predictability of formula driven mathematical arts, and the explanatory aspects of info-graphics, are neutralised into new forms of data abstraction. The possibility of covertly encoding the visual with personal and physical input, unretrievable for an outsider, enforces the idea of a more elaborated and deeper level of abstraction.

 Tour de France 2011, Martaque and Ana Omandichana, 2014 (spreadsheet)

Tour de France 2011, Martaque and Ana Omandichana, 2014 (spreadsheet)

Considering her father was an amateur cyclist, and a mathematician, she used the term Human Mathematics to honour him, and applied data, sourced from cycling competitions as Tour de France, Giro d' Italia, and Vuelta a España, that are rich on data provided by human efforts, technical advances, and the use of illegal substances .

Since a few years, Martaque collaborates with students,  artisans, artists, and Various Artists to implement Human Mathematics in their own body of work. 

 Human Mathematics, 1986 - 2015 , Installation view, Various Artists, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana (various materials). Photo by: Ela Bialkowska.

Human Mathematics, 1986 - 2015 , Installation view, Various Artists, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana (various materials). Photo by: Ela Bialkowska.