Speaker: Clemency Montelle Location: Recital Room at The Arts Centre Time: 11am
As they say mathematics is all around us. Therefore it should come as no surprise that you might be wearing some! This talk will be a light-hearted look at the ways in which clothing can epitomisevarious mathematical topics. From the humble t-shirt to the elaborate draping of a sari, we will explore some of the more abstract properties of outfits from around the world.
Patrick O'Sullivan: The Measure of All Things: Myths, Maths and Other Aspects of Greek Art
Speaker: Patrick O'Sullivan Location: Teece Museum at The Arts Centre Time: 1pm
This illustrated talk focuses on how the Greeks incorporated numbers, ratios and proportions into their poetry, architecture and visual arts: from Homer’s great epic poem on Troy, the Iliad, to iconic buildings such as the Parthenon and sculpture from the ‘High Classical’ period (c. 450-400 BC). But the Greeks also constantly altered and extended such formulas to enhance the emotional and psychological impact of their art and poetry: humanity, no less than maths, was the measure. Examples of Greek artworks from the Logie Collection in the Teece Museum, which embody some of these concepts and how they engage the viewer, will also feature in this talk.
Bernd Krauskopf and Hinke Osinga: Chaos in Crochet and Steel
Speakers: Bernd Krauskopf and Hinke Osinga Location: Recital Room at The Arts Centre Time: 3pm
Bernd Krauskopf and Hinke Osinga are both Professors in Applied Mathematics at the University of Auckland, and they study how chaotic behaviour arises and can be explained mathematically. Their research led them into unexpected directions of craft and art when they realised that they could turn their computer-generated images of the famous chaotic Lorenz whether model into a concrete model via crochet. The so-called Lorenz manifold embodies the underlying unpredictability in an intriguing and hands-on way. At over 25,000 stitches, the crocheted piece is about a metre wide and has been the subject of considerable media attention world wide. The amazing mathematical properties of the Lorenz manifold also caught the attention of artist Benjamin Storch, who turned it into a steel sculpture. Hinke and Bernd will highlight some of the underlying geometry and their journey from maths into craft and art.