In Conversation: “The Intersection of Art and Math”
October 29, 2018
University Museum of Contemporary Art
UMass Amherst Campus
What does it mean for the fields of art and math to intersect? Join us for a conversation about the relationship between mathematics and art. Mathematicians Daniel Rockmore (Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College) and Pau Atela (Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College) will discuss how bridges can be built between these two worlds.
Daniel Rockmore does not see science walled off from other disciplines. He is the editor of a new book, What Are the Arts and Sciences?: A Guide for the Curious (Dartmouth College Press) and the curator of The Concinnitas Portfolio, an exhibition of prints, now on exhibition at the UMCA, based on mathematical expressions produced by eminent scientists and mathematicians as a “sampling of beautiful mathematics.”
During the past two decades, Pau Atela has helped his students at Smith understand the creative process involved between art and math. He brings a sense of playfulness and experimentation to his work as both a mathematician and anartist as he strives to unravel many difficult — and some unsolvable — problems. The exhibition Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio is currently on view alongside The Concinnitas Portfolio.
The conversation will be moderated by Bibiana Medkova (UMass MFA 2020 candidate), a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is at the intersection of installation, science, and curation. Medkova uses physics theories, in particle-wave forms, and mathematical infrastructures to facilitate research in physical and digital space.
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is located on the lower of the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center. Directions to the Fine Arts Center