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Workshop: Exploring Mathematical Approaches to Art, Design, and Fabrication

By Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute on March 17, 2010

A two-day collaborative workshop and public presentation will center around a body of work developed by DeWitt Godfrey, associate professor of art and art history and director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Godfrey intuitively developed loose grid structures that can be folded to produce continuous surfaces. These structures demonstrate certain symmetry properties which will be explored with the mathematical, computational, design and engineering expertise of Tomasz Pisanki and Alen Orbanic (University of Ljubljiana, Slovenia) and Daniel Bosia (ARUP Associates, U.K.).

The investigations of these surfaces and their mathematical properties will allow the team to imagine new lines of artistic and structural research, leading to practical applications in new sculptural objects.


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