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Form in art, toys and games


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28th November 2017 to 1st December 2017
Andrzej Herczynski
Roberto Zenit

Workshop Theme

This workshop’s theme is more open in its scope. Mathematicians and scientists working on the physical aspects of art, on the art-making processes, and on the physics of toys— whether those made for entertainment or designed from the start to serve pedagogical purposes—are working individually, “on the side,” or in small groups disconnected from one another. One of the purposes of this workshop, therefore, is to establish links between researchers pursuing such diversions and perhaps begin forming a community. The theme of this workshop encompasses both the emergence of form in art, including the mathematical and physical aspects of artistic processes and techniques, and the properties and role of form in finished artworks. These issues are at the interface between science and art and the goal is to shed light on the artists’ techniques and their implications for the artworks and, potentially, for art history and art appreciation. A somewhat separate but related theme concerns the dynamics of “artful” toys and devices.

Deadline for applications: 30th September 2017

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to attend any of the workshop lectures, on the understanding that they sign in as non-registered attendees on each day that they attend. Attendance in this way does, however, mean that we cannot provide you with any support such as a name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.

*Please note that there will be no charge for participants wishing to attend the workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th November, when talks will be given by the various artists displaying work at the Institute* 

*Members of the public wishing to attend this same workshop are free to register at INI on the day, or alternatively may email programmes[at][dot]uk with their details in advance*


Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £193
  • Student Registration Package: £153

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Tuesday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation.  Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Thursday 30th November at Murray Edwards College. Participants on the Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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