making space at the IFF

Network of linked octahedrons constructed from folded business cards by Jacob Dotson at the IFF’s making space exhibition.

News Flash: On January 22, 2013, the New York Times Science section ran an essay about the IFF’s explorations in spatial play.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: 

From January through May, 2013, the IFF will be holding workshops and lectures in conjunction with our current exhibition making space. Here is the schedule for January and February.

Saturday, January 5, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Business card origami
Margaret Wertheim (Director, Institute For Figuring)
Learn basic techniques of business card origami.

Saturday, January 12, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Mosely Snowflake Sponge Tower #1
Margaret Wertheim + Christina Simons (Institute For Figuring)
Join us as we begin to construct an amazing Snowflake Fractal Tower from 6000 business cards

Saturday, January 19, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Topology and Geometry
Margaret Wertheim (Director, Institute For Figuring)
Ever wonder what’s the difference between topology and geometry? Come find out through mathematical play.

Saturday, January 26, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Constructing hyperbolic surfaces with paper annuli
Dr. Darryl Yong (Dept. of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College)
A rare opportunity to make an annulus model of hyperbolic space discovered by geometer Bill Thurston

Thursday, January 31, 7:30-9pm
Film Screening:
Paper and Stick Thing Film”
Beautiful, rarely seen film about Ron Resch’s pioneering 1960’s research on mathematical folding and tensegrity structures. Followed by discussion with liberation geometer Jacob Dotson.

Saturday, February 2, 3-6pm
Workshop: 
Mosely Snowflake Sponge Tower #2
Margaret Wertheim + Christina Simons (Institute For Figuring)
Construction continues on our Snowflake Fractal Tower.

Saturday, February 9, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Mosely Snowflake Sponge Tower #3
Christina Simons (Institute For Figuring)
Construction continues on our Snowflake Fractal Tower.

Thursday, February 14, 7:30-9pm
Film Screening:
Not Knot”
Legendary film from the Minnesota Geometry Center about mathematical knots.
Followed by a discussion with Dr. Francis Bonahon (Chair, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Southern California).

Saturday, February 16
New Year Parade in Chinatown @ 1:00pm
While celebrating the Year of the Snake in the neighborhood, drop by the IFF to fold for a while.

Saturday, February 23, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Pleating Parabaloids
David Orozco (Artist, Los Angeles)
Learn to pleat paper into parabaloids, geometric surfaces curving in two directions at once.

Saturday, March 2, 3-6pm
Workshop:
Weaving platonic solids from bamboo
Jacob Dotson (Liberation geometer, Los Angeles)
Networks of polyhedra linked together like 3D spider-webs. Come and learn this beautiful Platonic artform

ALSO COMING UP IN MARCH: Caltech physicist Dr. Sean Carroll explains particles and fields; UCSD fiber artist Kathryn Harris shows how to bead geometric forms; and Dr. Jeannine Mosely recounts the history of fractal origami.