The IFF is making a fractal


Christina Simons and Jake Dotson constructing “Fractal Ruin” at the Institute For Figuring, Los Angeles, April 2016.

The IFF has begun construction on a new business card origami fractal sculpture for a forthcoming exhibition at Mass-MoCA entitled Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Wonder. We are inspired here by the pioneering work of Dr. Jeannine Mosely, inventor of business card origami and the leading practitioner of fractal paper folding. By experimenting with Dr. Mosely’s techniques we are bringing into being an object that shimmers at the boundary of mathematics and nature, a structure whose spine is based on fractional geometric principles and whose flesh is being “grown” organically as we progress. The IFF’s previous collaboration with Dr. Mosely was the construction of giant Mosely Snowflake Sponge Fractal at the USC Libraries.