Bridges 2012 Short Paper
Meta-Vermeer: A Topological Reinterpretation of a Masterpiece
(Proceedings pages 499–502)
The global shape of space is investigated in topology, a mathematical
theory that focuses on the 'primordial' properties of spatial
objects, the ones that do not depend on their geometric shape.
Topology gives the possibility of presenting different models for
our universe, different configurations which are compatible with
our usual 3-dimensional Euclidean geometry. We present a way to
directly experience these different topological configurations
through a masterpiece of the past: The Girl with a Glass of Wine
by Johannes Vermeer. Meta-Vermeer consists of a 3-dimensional model
of the room depicted in Vermeer's painting and a light simulation.
The room is then visualized (though a 3d portal) as different