The desire to formulate the seemingly unformulatable – to crystallise esoteric concepts such as success into single equations – has occupied the thoughts of countless other thinkers, but perhaps nobody more than Hans Ulrich Obrist. The eminent curator and co-director of exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London, has spent 15 years commissioning formulae from some of the biggest names in fields as diverse as mathematics and sociology, including Richard Dawkins, Damien Hirst and Yoko Ono. His brief was as concise as the most pleasing equation: “Make a formula for the 21st Century”. It flummoxed as many people as it fascinated but soon the contributions came flooding in.Wisdom Joy Flight Actionv

Yoko’s contribution is ‘Wisdom, Joy, Flight, Action’.


by Simon Usborne, The Independent