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Sometimes it is difficult to define what art is. Guess which one is an artistic creation?

Left

Right

  • A The left figure​​

  • B The right figure

Correct!

Sorry, the correct answer is B.

The left figure is an illustration. It was first featured in the book Physical World: Motion, Gravitation, Light, Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, Etc. published at the end of the 19th century.1 This illustration is used to test for astigmatism.
The right figure is the artistic work Descending (1965) by the UK painter Bridget Riley.2 She is one of the representative painters of the Optical Art movement.

1 Amédée Guillemin, “Experimento de astigmatismo”, in El mundo fisico: gravedad, gravitación, luz, calor, electricidad, magnetismo, etc. Ilustración compuesta de numerosas viñetas intercaladas en el texto (Barcelona: Montaner y Simon, 1882-85).

2 “Bridget Riley, Descending, 1965” by ekenitr is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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2/5

Which mathematical principles does Optical Art primarily apply?

  • A Geometry​​

  • B Analytics

Correct!

Sorry, the correct answer is A.

Optical Art makes use of illusions caused by human vision misperception. The artist will use black-and-white or colour geometric patterns together with methods such as arrangement, contrast, interleaving and other techniques to create illusions such as trembling and flickering. The result is to create interesting transformations in various colours and shapes.

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3/5

When light shines on a transparent object, it will .

  • A travel through the object

  • B be absorbed and disappear

Correct!

Sorry, the correct answer is A.

Light travels in a straight line. But when light passes from the air through a transparent object, it will refract and change the direction of its travel.

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A rainbow is an optical phenomenon. Sunlight is a mix of different colours. When sunlight passes through transparent objects such as water droplets in the atmosphere, it will be refracted. Because each colour of light has a different wavelength, the magnitude of the refraction in the water droplets is also different. Therefore, sunlight will split into different colours of light and form the rainbow. Do you know who first discovered the rainbow spectrum?

  • A Newton (1643 - 1727)

  • B Goethe (1749 - 1832)

  • C Chevreul (1786 - 1889)

Correct!

Sorry, the correct answer is A.

Newton accidentally discovered the rainbow spectrum in a black room. Later, he published a theory of the visible spectrum in his book Opticks. He theorised that white light is a mixture of “primary colours” (red, green and blue) and that seven familiar colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) form the visible spectrum. This book settled his contribution to optics and physics.

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Generative Art is created by code running on a computer, which intentionally introduces random elements as part of the creative process. Which of the following statements about Generative Art is correct?

  • A Works of Generative Art cannot be presented physically

  • B Every work of Generative Art is unique

  • C Generative Art needs to be created by a collective

Correct!

Sorry, the correct answer is B.

Generative Art uses computer programs, machines or algorithms to derive creative works. This results in unique works that have randomness and uniqueness intentionally introduced into their making. These broad definitions apply to many different types of art, and can be presented in physical or virtual modes. They can also be individual or collective creations.

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