Episode published: 30/11/20
In this first of an “Art of INI” miniseries, host Dan Aspel is joined by INI staff Barry Phipps (Curator of Art and Science) and David Abrahams (Director) to discuss whether the worlds of mathematics and art share common ground. The Isaac Newton Institute hosts many sculptures, drawings, paintings, carvings and other artworks, as well as more than 2,500 visiting mathematicians per year. But where do these two worlds collide? Are mathematics and art aspiring to the same goals? What interactions exist between the two? Can one inspire the other?
00:00 – Welcome
00:43 – Introductions
01:10 – INI and art: what’s the connection?
11:09 – The unconscious influence of art on mathematicians
13:34 – The similarities between art and maths
17:10 – Can maths ever have a “blank canvas”?
20:20 – Applying the thinking of one field to another
23:58 – Schools of maths, schools of art (“a hornet’s nest”)
27:32 – “Visualising” work
30:45 – The “Growth, form an self-organisation” programme
35:00 – Present artworks at INI
41:12 – … future artworks at INI
The Isaac Newton Institute hosts many sculptures, drawings, paintings, carvings and other artworks, as well as more than 2,500 visiting mathematicians per year. But where do these two worlds collide? Are mathematics and art aspiring to the same goals? What interactions exist between the two? Can one inspire the other? Barry Phipps and David Abrahams join Dan Aspel to find out
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