Why do numbers and digits lend themselves perfectly to art and culture?
Numbers have a universality and the infinite ability to create subcultures within subculture. Yet in history, artists and mathematicians alike have pondered how they play in natural beauty and art.
Consider for example the Fibonacci sequence; in which each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. This sequence plays out in nature when you look at seashells, leaves and even the human body and face. It can be drawn from those mathematical rules.
Music itself also is bound by mathematical rules and the famous 1, 4, 5 chord progression which is nested in a set of 7 chords forms the basis of nearly all modern day music. It is a chord progression musicians try but cannot get away from.
All of generative art itself is bound by mathematics; from the fidenzas to chromie squiggles.
Numbers themselves are considered art when you consider 420 culture, 69 culture and 520 culture which is I Love You in Asian contexts.
Cultures naturally organize around these numerical concepts. And it is from these primordial concepts that visual and musical forms are created as well as shared memes and ideas.
This is why to fade numbers and digits; is to fade human culture which is built on the endless artistic and scientific discovery of the very fundamental nature of the universe.
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