Throughout history, the symbol of the circle has been associated with perfection in mathematics, art, and design. Circles are drawn digitally by squaring as a form of approximation. Mechanically or hand-drawn circles are not completely circular either. And yet, the Italian Renaissance painter Giotto proved his abilities to the Pope by effortlessly painting a seemingly perfect circle by hand. The challenge to draw a perfect circle has also been used as a meditative exercise in Zen Buddhism (see ensĹŤ circles), attempting perfection, but embracing the imperfection of the outcome. The aim of O is to make the circle perfect, but the notion of perfection is complicated by the interplay of the participants’ inputs and the circle’s own dynamics. This creates a complex experience of perfection: one that is difficult to reach and depends on the participants to not disrupt the common effort, and once reached, may be lost again.
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