How many parts do you need to know?


by Udo Fon

How many parts do you need to know?


Udo Maria Fon

Fig. 1. The grid of the image CXCPOTW is organized from A1 to P16


To visualize a refined approach of perception CXCPOTW (Chromosome X Collision–Part of the Whole) is an artistic research and picture project that rethinks and illustrates individual and collective perception in a heuristic cognitive model.

The illustration of this model consists of 256 individual images, parts of which exist as real images in the dimensions 80 x 130 cm (golden ratio). Parts of the image exist only virtually as NFT. This large-format image depicts a wave pattern, that shows symbolically a resonance created in intense social interactions.

The heuristic model can be summarized in two main theses:

#1 An expanded ability to perceive cause an increased flow of information.

As soon as human senses will be expanded by optical or technological support such as telescopes, television, smartphones, or similar, an increased flow of communication can be observed in the community that is experiencing the expansion of perception. In these communities, often social restructuring, unrest, and sometimes even military conflicts can be noted.

#2 An increased flow of information results in phenomena such as neural information integration or group cohesion.

If the flow of information exceeds a critical value, it can either cause an overload and system crash, or it rearranges itself by creating an independent entity in a temporarily closed system.
It is assumed that for the creation of a social entity information is also transmitted on subatomic levels. It is discussed if the technological extension and the data augmented perception of the human sensory organs in the 21st century mirrors an increased flow of information and allows differentiation of specific somatic and virtual Rooms of Perception. 


The image CXCPOTW is inspired by the binary number system of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), who tried to develop a safe and logical symbolic language for a hypothetical universal science or Mathesis Universalis. His dual system became the operational basis of computer technology in the 20th century.

Leibniz himself was inspired by the I-Ching. His friend Joachim Bouvet sent him a copy of a book with sixty-four hexagrams from China in 1701.

Fig. 2 & 3. In this book each figure is composed of six stacked horizontal lines, where each line is either unbroken or broken.





The image is also inspired by the discoveries of the physicist Ernst Florenz Friedrich Chladni (1756–1827). 

As an amateur violinist, he once placed sand on a metal plate and stroked the edge with his violin bow, and discovered geometric patterns, which can be found also in nature. 

Fig. 4. A metal plate vibrating at resonance. Textbook on acoustics from William Henry Stone (1879) Elementary Lessons on Sound, Macmillan and Co., London, p. 26, fig. 12

In the 20th century, the photographer and author Alexander Lauterwasser (born 1951) did similar experiments with water. His studies discovered standing waves which shows a strong similarity with living creatures.

Fig. 5. Research arrangement studio Lauterwasser
Fig. 6. Shape of a caterpillar by the sonication with different frequencies of a water drop (upper right corner).





Jacques Lacan´s (1901–1981) concept of a triadic structure of a human mind, summarized in an imaginary, symbolic, and real level, is here applied onto the entity of a global communication. If this is the case it is assumed that individual inner images and dialogues can be synchronized in a group cohesion process. Therefore, the development of collective images should result in paradigms or common views of the world.

Fig. 7. The Lacan triad of an imaginary, symbolic, and real level of human psyche.


Fig. 8: Exhibition view “Sapiens Galacticus III“, Bildraum 07, Vienna 2015


Fig. 9. View of the paintings in the artists studio, ca. 2020

The concept of CXCPOTW was first shown in an exhibition in Vienna in 2015. The images A1–A6, B2–B6, C1, C3–C6, D1-D6 have been painted in oil on canvas. Find more details here:




Some single images are only available as NFT @

Fig. 10. Screenshot of the project on the NFT platform




To research and develop imaging techniques for group cohesions and entitativity‘s. 








Fig. 1: Illustration from the author

Fig. 2–3: Copy of a book with i-Ching hexagrams (1701). Retrieved March 2021, from

Fig. 4: A metal plate vibrating at resonance. Textbook on acoustics from William Henry Stone (1879) Elementary Lessons on Sound, Macmillan and Co., London, p. 26, fig. 12. Retrieved March 2021, from

Fig. 5 & 6: Still images from Lauterwasser experiments and interviews. Retrieved March 2021, from See also

Fig. 7:The Lacan triad of an imaginary, symbolic, and real level of the human psyche. Retrieved March 2021, from See also: Hendrix, John. (2019). The Imaginary and Symbolic of Jacques Lacan. 10.13140/RG.2.2.17632.23048.

Fig. 8, 9, 11: Photos were taken by the author. See also