When Gravity Becomes Form
Seeing or thinking, observation or imagination? What is the better basis for what we call reality? For many, our experience with the digital and algorithmic world nourishes the suspicion that reality might be just a construct – and that a decision between perception and ideals might be a difficult one. However, we are not the first ones in dealing with this problem. Already the Italian Renaissance negotiated this dissent under the title disegno vs colore. Drawing as a means to give shape to an ideal (Michelangelo, Sebastiano del Piombo) was the dominant design principle in Florence and Rome. In Venice, on the other hand, a more liberated approach to color, its sensual and space-forming quality dominated (Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese).