Formulas For Now

Contribution: Contribution: A Pamphlet against Formulas, by Markus Miessen & Shumon Basar

Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Thames & Hudson


Imaginative formulas for negotiating contemporary life from an eminent group of artistic and scientific minds.

For centuries the formula has been one of the building blocks of human knowledge. In mathematics and science, formulas express information symbolically—to solve a problem, to describe an observable phenomenon, or to postulate a theory. More generally, a formula can be a plan of action; a statement or declaration; a definition or rule; or a list of ingredients or recipe to achieve a desired outcome.