Math and Art Come Together in a Lecture at WSSU

Date:  March 21, 2013

Time:  6 pm

Summary:  Interdisciplinary artist John Sims will explore the relationship between mathematics and culture in his lecture "Rhythm of Structure: Journey of a MathArtist."


 Interdisciplinary artist John Sims will explore the relationship between mathematics and culture in his lecture "Rhythm of Structure: Journey of a MathArtist" on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in room 102 of the F. L. Atkins Building on the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will feature Sims' newest completed project, "Square Roots: A Quilted Manifesto," which is a collection of 13 mathematical art quilts created based on the visualization of the number Pi, Pythagorean mathematics and African textiles.  The project was done in collaboration with the Amish quilting community in Sarasota, Fla.

A John Sims QuiltSims, a conceptual artist who creates multimedia projects spanning the areas of mathematics, art, text, science, performance and political-media activism, will also demonstrate math/art dresses and a musical score of Pi mapped into the key of b-flat as a 12 bar blues composition performed by the famed Kenny Drew, Jr.  Additionally, his lecture highlights the exhibition/film project which he curated called "Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflection," a series of nine exhibitions hosted by the Bowery Poetry Club in association with the Ringling College of Art and Design.  The exhibition featured duet shows by Sims and Karen Finley along with Sol LeWitt/Adrian Piper, Paul D. Miller/Dread Scott and Vandorn Hinnant/John Hiigli and includes poetic response by Mark Strand, Greg Tate, Bob Holman and other prominent poets and performers.  Sims will also discuss a motion graphic short film of the performance of Johannes Curtis Schwarzenstein, an Afro German Jewish math art poet, which is reviewed in the March 2013 issue of Harvard's Transition Magazine.

Sims is the former coordinator of mathematics at Ringling College Art and Design in Sarasota and he has designed a visual mathematics curriculum for artists and visual thinkers.  His main projects are impacted by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols, and poetry as ally to the visual arts.  He has lectured and exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Hungary, Spain, Israel and Argentina.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Nature, Art in America, Sculpture, FiberArts, NY Arts, Science News and on CNN.

In addition to his public lecture, Sims will offer a faculty development workshop for WSSU faculty designed to explore how mathematics informs the creative process and re-enforces both innovative and analytical thinking.   His lectures are being sponsored by the WSSU Office of Student Activities, Diggs Gallery and the WSSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Categories:  Performance Art, Performing Arts: Music, Health and Wellness, Workshops and Seminars, Arts and Events, Lectures and Readings, Exhibits

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