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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY>>HOMAGE TO THE WORLD'S FIRST COMPUTER (205 b.c.) featuring TERRY POULOS, WED * JANUARY 27 (CHICAGO,IL)
Artist, writer, inventor and historian Terry Poulos will be presenting
his modern rendition of the world's oldest computer based on the Antikythera Mechanism, a hand powered astronomical calculator dating back to 205 BC.
ART-IKYTHERA, cast iron, steel, and painted patina
"Art-ikythera" pays homage to an ancient example of ingenuity and technological innovation. On display at Hilton-Asmus Contemporary is the world's first sculpture of what is considered the world's oldest computer, the Antikythera Mechanism (est.
205 BC). The ancient device, strongly connected to the workshop of
artisans directly working with the legendary inventor/polymath Archimedes of Syracuse (215
BC), had a complexity not equaled for 1500 years after its inception.
The hand-cranked, bronze-geared device, confirmed by the construction of
three separate working models post-2005, was an astronomical calculator
consisting of 20 to 40 gears, cogs, and other accoutrements. Among
other functions, it tracked motions of the five known planets of that
era, predicted lunar and solar eclipses to the precise day and
hour thousands of years in advance in accordance with its 18,000-year
Saros calendar, and informed of various cultural events including when
to host the ancient Olympic games every four years. It was a
quantum-leap advance for its day, a mysteriously and bafflingly complex
device which demands a rewrite of textbooks worldwide on the
capabilities of the ancients.
A natural storyteller, native Chicagoan Terry Poulos, whose work is in the permanent collection of the British Museum will recount the history of his inspiration and discuss the process of creating the ART-ikythera Mechanism and his other sculpted works Archimedes Vortex and Atlantean Continuumon Wednesday, January 27th.
closely followed science, math, philosophy, nature, and
archeology for 20 years, and having read myriad books and periodicals
and combined with interviews and research/writing for feature articles
on various scientists, Poulos has acquired a profound appreciation for
and insight into the sciences and humanities. He is a member of the
Classical Arts Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, co-founder of
Chicago's Greek Media Club, and a Charter Member of the National
Poulos is the first artist to present his work in the Inspired by Antiquity series, which parallels the Field Museum's groundbreaking exhibition "The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," on display from November 2015 through April 2016. While "The Greeks" sheds light on the fascinating history of ancient Greece and Rome, Inspired by Antiquity illustrates the unbroken line of inspiration in art from ancient times to the present.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, January 27, 6 to 8 pm.