Animated ﬁlm part of the Exhibition "Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere" presented from October 21, 2011 to March 18, 2012 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.
Director: Beatriz Milhazes & Dominique Vidal
Production: La Fondation Cartier & BUF
O Paraíso (Paradise) is a collage created by Beatriz Milhazes based on a suggestion by Cédric Villani. The artist has composed a landscape in which plants, animals and various other natural phenomena are interspersed with triangles, circles and other geometrical forms inspired by Japanese sangaku. A set of equations is added to this landscape to show how illustrated natural phenomena can be described using mathematics: discontinuity of light (the sun’s rays), the Bernoulli Principle (birds in fl ight), iridescence (the peacock’s tail), electromagnetism (lightning), waves (sea waves), diffusion of heat (fire) and morphogenesis (the jaguar’s spots). O Paraíso is the starting point for the film produced by BUF.