THE FREUDENTHAL INSTITUTE
Commissioned by the Freudenthal Institute
Technical production: Alenco, Wim van Velthoven & the Freudenthal
Jaap de Jonge has created an ingenious, interactive artwork for the Freudenthal
Institute. The Institute is an ‘Expertise Centre for Arithmetical
and Mathematical Education’, and is a part of the University of
Utrecht’s Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technology. It
specialises in improving all levels of arithmetic and maths education,
particularly in primary and secondary schools, and vocational training.
The Eye has been attached to an outer wall of the Freudenthal Institute,
which is located directly opposite Utrecht Overvecht Station.
It displays the activities of the Freudenthal Institute to the outside
world, and is mainly intended to show children that arithmetic and maths
are exciting subjects that almost anyone can learn, and are an essential
part of our daily lives.
The Eye consists of a coarse-grain graphic display, which has a diameter
of approximately one-and-a-half metres and is attached to the Institute’s
outer wall. This display comprises 432 pixels, and covers a wide variety
of visual compositions. It is linked to the internet, and shows arithmetical
and mathematical exercises.
The Eye functions as a problem-solving stimulus, not only for train passengers
and other passers-by but also for children who are involved with maths
on the Freudenthal Institute’s websites:
Participants’ interact via the internet with the display. The Freudenthal
Institute will keep producing new "questions" for The Eye so
that this artwork will never lose its meaning. Hence, it is a permanent
‘work in progress’, and will ensure that arithmetic and maths
remain a part of Utrecht’s daily life.
Jaap de Jonge is active in various areas of the visual arts and applied
design. One of his interests is the inclusion of recent technological
inventions in his artworks. His work is often user friendly and interactive.
De Jonge’s works can be characterised as tools: either they do something
or you can do something with them.
the making of
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