Department for Architecture Sint-Lucas Gent; Friday and Saturday 20-21 May 2011; see "Math Art"; --> Dutch version.
Meeting for mathematicians in the presence of Reza Sarhangi, Towson University (USA), President of "Bridges, Mathematical Connections between Art, Music and Science".
FRIDAY May 20:
8 am: setting up of exhibitions and artwork (also possibe the previous day if needed)
8:30: start (gathering in the room, general info)
9u- 9u15: OPENING by Peter Swinnen, Flemish Government Architect; or see 51N4E.
9:15- 9:45: A CONFERENCE CALLED BRIDGES by Reza Sarhangi, Towson University (USA), President of "Bridges, Mathematical Connections between Art, Music and Science"
9:45- 12:00: PARALLEL SESSIONS AS SCHEDULED BELOW:
9u45-10u30: CHIRALITY IN ARCHITECTURE, by David Avnir, University of Jerusalem (Israel), winner of the "Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence" in January 2011. On the border of art, mathematics and chemistry, the theme fits nicely in the International Year of Chemistry: 2011.
10:30 - 11:15: VISUAL MATH, by Slavik Jablan, Belgrade (Serbia), one of the top spreakers on international math art conferences (and on other conferences as well), who was one of the first ever to launch the notion of "visual mathematics": site 1; site 2; more "fun"!
11u15-12u: KNOTTED MATH by Radmila Sazdanovic, Philadelphia (USA), a young lady associated with "the beauty of knots": her web site.
9u45-12u: workshops: seee "MATHALIBI".
(1) Building domes (17-18 years old): Rinus Roelofs, Hengelo (The Netherlands), a mathematician who works as an internationally established artist since many years, as is evident from his web site.
(2) Black and white (11-12 years old): Jean-Marie Dendoncker, Eke, Sint-Barbara and University of Gehnt, leader of a project for teaching mathematics to disadvantaged children, with the support of "The Flemish Community", the Queen Paola Foundation and the University of Ghent.
(3) Art to math workshop (17-18 years old): Ruth Mateus-Berr, Vienna (Austria), a design researcher who teaches at the University for Applied Arts, at the Department for Design, Architectuur and 'Environment for Art & Design Education', with Prof. James Skone; see site 1; site 2; site 3.
(4) Mathematical Balloons (13-16 jaar): Vi Hart, Long Island, NY (USA), a young lady who describes herself as a "recreational mathemusician": her web site.
(5) Zome tool (11-12 years old): under the supervision of P.G. van de Veen, with the help of S. Verbiese, the Zome tool material being provided for this opportunity by the company Arabesk (the Netherlands), a company for all kind of mathematical material: see site.
(6) "How to make your own Escher images" (on demand): with Peter Raedschelders, Kruibeke, an engineer whose hobby is math art.
Scanning art work; background: 3D C.A.V.E. 12:00-12:45: During lunch: SPECTACULAR VIRTUAL TOUR OF GHENT IN 3D SPACE; 3D SCANS OF ART WORKS by Mario Matthys, Ghent , a visionary 3D mind (Winner of the Tech art prize), who operates at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, science and geography. He teaches, researches and coordinates the project "Ghent in 3D ", and builds the first European digital virtual city (see site under construction, operational in Spring 2011 ).
During the visit, drinks and sandwiches will be available.
12:45-3pm: PARALLEL SESSIONS AS SCHEDULED BELOW:
12:45-1:30: MATHEMATICAL WEAVING (see EOS-magazine, MARCH 2011), by Rinus Roelofs, Hengelo (The Netherlands), a mathematician who works as an internationally established artist since many years, as is evident from his web site.
1:30-2:15: MATH ART, FROM MICROSCOPIC MATH TO RAP, by Scott Carter, Mobile, Alabama (USA); mathematics for eyes and ears - who brings him a guitar? See home page.
2:15-3: MANDELBROT'S FRACTALS AND OTHER MATH FOR ARCHITECTS by Javier Barallo, Bilbao (Bask country, Spain), an expert in math art from from Mandelbrot's fractals in 2D and 3D (and their quaternion computation), to structure analysis studies for architecture; see TV-footage 1; or TV-footage 2.
12:45-3: workshops: see "MATHALIBI".
(1) Op-art (17-18 years old): Slavik Jablan (Servië), mozaics, hyper cubes and other paterns.
(2) Black and white (11-12 years old): Jean-Marie Dendoncker, Eke, Sint-Barbara and University of Gehnt, leader of a project for teaching mathematics to disadvantaged children, with the support of "The Flemish Community", the Queen Paola Foundation and the University of Ghent.
(3) Art to math workshop (17-18 years old): Ruth Mateus-Berr, Vienna (Austria), a design researcher who teaches at the University for Applied Arts, at the Department for Design, Architectuur and 'Environment for Art & Design Education', with Prof. James Skone; see site 1; site 2; site 3.
(4) Mathematical Balloons (13-16 jaar): Vi Hart, Long Island, NY (USA), a young lady who describes herself as a "recreational mathemusician": her web site.
(5) Zome tool (11-12 years old): under the supervision of P.G. van de Veen, with the help of S. Verbiese, the Zome tool material being provided for the opportunity by the company Arabesk (the Netherlands), a company for all kind of mathematical material: see site.
3:00-3:30: PLATONIC SOLIDS IN BRIDGES (Zome Tool and other versions) by Reza Sarhangi, Towson University (USA), president of "Bridges, Mathematical Connections between Art, Music and Science":
3:30-5:30: DIMENSIONS, lecture and movie, by Jos Leys, Hemiksem, an engineer whose hobby is math art: he collaborated on the movie "Dimensions", and much more.
5:30 (approximately)-7:30: Break
19u30 - ... : MATH IN THE CITY: math art show by Vi Hart, Long Island, NY (USA), a young lady who describes herself as a "recreational mathemusician": her web site; paper in The New York Times..
Language: MTV English.


SATURDAY May 21:
[SESSIONS IN ENGLISH]
9:30am-10:45am: MAGIC HEXAGONS, by Hans-Friedrich Bauch, Stralsund (Germany), mathematician, "Head of International Engineering". He will give a lecture on magic hexagons, which are related to the well-known magic squares. He goes back to a hexagonal surface division formulated in 1887 by Ernst von Haselberg, to reach his own pioneering work in this magical area; see site.
10:45-10:55: TRIANGULAR MAGIC SUDOKUS by Klaus-Peter Rudolph (Germany) , mathematician. He will introduce the participants to the "Triamas" - a new kind of puzzles: combining ideas from the well-known Sudokus as well as Kakuros and new magic hexagons with a triangular subdivision.
10:55-11:20: MATHEMATICS, CORBODA, GRANADA, BURGOS AND BARCELONA, by Encarna Reyes, Spain. This mathematician is the queen of hex- and octagons, about which she wrote a book. She is enchanted by the proportion of Cordoba, which can resist a comparison to the golden section or the plastic number.
[SESSIONS IN DUTCH]
9:30am-10:15am: IDEAL SHAPES IN NATURE, by Johan Gielis, Antwerp, a mathematical horticultural researcher who will also talk about a problem of J. Plateau, a Ghent scientist: see "Simon Stevin Institute for Geometry".
10:15am-10:55am: MATHEMATICAL SPIRALS, by Annie Van Maldeghem, Gent, mathematician. She made an extensive picture archive of mathematical shapes in art and architecture. In het talk, she will show that some mathematical spirals - among which an unusual, fun spiral - rightly deserve the qualification of 'mathematical art'.
10:55am-11:20am: THE WORK OF KOOS VERHOEFF, by Tom Verhoeff, Eindhoven (Netherlands). Tom Verhoeff is a Dutch mathematician, who is holding an exhibition in the Mathematikum in Giessen, the German Museum for Mathematics, from April 20 to May 18. He will discuss the work of his father, Koos Verhoeff.

EXPLANATIONS ABOUT SOME OF THE EXHIBITED WORKS:
11:20-11:45: MY ARTWORKS IN COMPASS/STRAIGHTEDGE AND IN MODULARITY by Reza Sarhangi, Towson University (USA), President of "Bridges, Mathematical Connections between Art, Music and Science".
11:45- 1pm: PARALLEL SESSIONS AS SCHEDULED BELOW:
[SESSIONS IN ENGLISH]
11:45-12:10: Patrick Seurinck, Ghent, art historian and architect. In the past years, he studied the role of geometry in paintings from the early Renaissance. His surprising analysis of the interaction between composition and perspective in Van Eyck's work shows that the Flemish master had a knowlegde of geometry that was not inferior to that of his Italian contemporaries.
12:10-12:35: Nuria Juncosa, Amsterdam (Netherlands) , is an artist who specializes in the visualization of mathematics (see site); she will accompany her presentation by an exhibition of some of her paintings.
12:35-1pm: Ivo Vrouwe, Rotterdam (Netherlands) is inspired by techniques used in fashion and textile, and looks for ways to make facades of modern buildings more contemporary: faces are fashion objects too. His work is sometimes called "art technology", where temporality and texture of the skin form the main inspiration (see site).
[SESSIONS IN DUTCH]
11:45-12:10: Peter Raedschelders, Kruibeke, is an engineer whose hobby is math art: he will talk about "the combination of tilings and magic squares" and he set up a special exhibition about Escher-like images during the event, see site 1 and site 2.
12:10-12:35: Dirk Verhaegen, Antwerpen, is an artist whose work of the last 40 years testifies of his logical-mathematical mind. His artistic activity has always accompanied by theoretical reflection. He will explain the systematic approach of his work and situate his work in a broader artistic context.
12:35-1pm: Lieven Standaert, Antwerpen, architect and industrial designer. He will present a physical model to study airship design, and talk about the simulations of Gaudi and Frei Otto to which he owes a lot in his work: site.
[SESSIONS IN DUTCH]
11:45-12:10: Lou de Boer, Rotterdam (Netherlands), provides some striking views on the inner time (in which we live, especially in music) and the clock time of the natural sciences that rules our lives. And what about 'time' in mathematics?
12:10-12:35: Ethan Janssens, Gent, former St-Lucas student, now "3D Digital Artist". His lecture will focus on mathematically defined scripts and plugins for today's digital heroes: a selection of mathematical applications on computer, in a digital society where mathematics is the language by excellence.
12:35-1pm: Jan Marcus, Beverwijk (Netherlands), a "computer art" designer of (large) tensegrity structures. During the math art event he will build a 4.50 m high tensengrity tower, and let it collapse at the end of the day in five minutes; a spectacular moment, see site.
1pm-2:30: lunch visit to the "MATH ART COLLECTION".
As an encouragement for the artists one drink will most probably be for FREE!
1pm-1:45: Math cat walk
Fashion show, with models walking through the exhibition, with Amélie Van Neer, Blankenberge, and Renée Verhulst, Hulste.
1:45-2:30: Math and fashion
Mathematical inspired fashion, by Ruth Mateus-Berr, Vienna (Austria), with students Jasmin Schaitl (left image), Walter Lunzer (middle image), Konrad Cernohous, Dominik Gross and Petra Ilias.
2:30- 3:20: PARALLEL SESSIONS AS SCHEDULED BELOW:
[SESSIONS IN ENGLISH]
2:30-2:55: Xavier De Clippeleir, Antwerp and Eindhoven (Netherlands), a designer and lecturer at the Design Academy Eindhoven, who will show some "Transforming polyhedra" and will explain them on the basis of a brief description (see booklet).
2:55-3:20: Sylvie Pic, Marseilles (France) is an artist who draws topological shapes by hand. From February 25 to March 31, she holds an exhibition of fifty works and two 3D boxes (with inner anamorphosis, lighted with black light") in the Bozar in Brussels . More of her work is available on: site 1, 2 site and site 3. They will comment on a selection of her work.
[SESSIONS IN DUTCH]
2:30-2:55: Harry Welles, The Hague (Netherlands) , was all his life fascinated by ‘Escher’s Garden’: by the rules governing the universe. How to play with those rules and how to ‘steal’ beauty from them? Especially by introducing skewness in the strict regimes of shifting, rotating and reflection, which rule there! Thus, a splendor of shape and color can be brought out. It can be understood by continued fractions, an ancient mathematical trick (see site).
2:55-3:20: Jan Helmer, Venlo (The Netherlands), presents his new mathematical novel "Pythagoras and the Just Judges". This is his second mathematical novel and this time statistics and probability are the key topics. The novel is set in Ghent, around the altarpiece of the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" in the Saint Bavo Cathedral; see trailer.
 
3:20- END: SCULPTING AND BRIDGES SCULPTORS by Reza Sarhangi, Towson University (USA), President of "Bridges, Mathematical Connections between Art, Music and Science".
16u30: Visit to the Saint Bavo cathedral, with 1 English speaking and 1 Dutch speaking guide.
Concluding lecture from the altar to all math art believers.