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Keynote by Artist John Sims

Keynote by Artist John Sims
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Visiting Professionals Series
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT

Keynote Presentation: "Rhythm of Structure: Journey of a Math Artist" by John Sims, part of Goddard College's Undergraduate Program Spring 2013 Residency.  

Interdisciplinary Artist John Sims will present a series of multi-media projects that promote the magical space where the process of mathematics meets the creative language of art, generating fresh process vocabulary for counter-intuitive connections.

The journey goes from Trees, Quilts to Modular exhibitions shaping a corollary discussion that traverse nature, ethnomathematics to curatorial process.

This talk will feature the newest completed project, SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto, a collection of thirteen mathematical art quilts that were created based on the visualization of the number Pi, Pythagorean mathematics, and African textiles and done in collaboration with the Amish quilting community of Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to the quilts, there are Math Art Dresses and a music piece that maps Pi into the key of b-flat as well as performed by the famed Kenny Drew, Jr. as a twelve-bar blues. Everything is brought together with a motion graphic short film, the performance of Johannes Curtis Schwarzenstein, Afro-German, Jewish, Math Art poet, which was reviewed in the March 2013 issue of Harvard’s Transition Magazine.

Extending the idea of the quilting to the curatorial process, the talk will conclude with a summary of the exhibition / film project "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 and Art and Design).

This event is free and open to the public. Please direct any questions to Program Director Phyllis Brown at or 857.928.5249.