. . .It’s exactly this interest in trying to find a meeting point between, this parallel between what is ‘in language’ and what isn’t in language. And I’ll tell you the scenario it came from! I was in a seminar, many years ago now, with Roy, a deaf friend who occasionally employs an interpreter to come and sit by him so that he can follow everything more than he ordinarily does. At one point the hearing speaker using English was lost for words, he made a kind of gesture with his hands, waving his hands in the air in a sort of circular motion because he couldn’t think of what word to say. . .
. . . It was Mouléne’s love of mathematics that drove him to create the “knot” sculptures I spent so much time reviewing. These, he assured me, were sculptural experimentations and variations on what is called “knot theory” or “knot geometry”, part of the the specialized subfield of mathematics called “topology”––a field partially founded by Henri Poincaré. In much the same way that Duchamp’s cubist perspectivism involves certain dimensions ‘overlapping’ others, topological knot geometry is based upon the ‘overlaps’ or ‘crossings’ that occur in “knots”––which in mathematics only ever take the form of closed loops. Here are the three examples. . .