IFF Directors TaLks 2013

This page announces the events where IFF Director Margaret Wertheim, IFF Co-Director Christine Wertheim, and IFF Assistant Director Anna Mayer, will be speaking about IFF subjects and projects during 2013.

University of Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia - Mon, December 9, 2013 @ 6pm
"Concepts of Space" - a public lecture by Margaret Wertheim about how artists paved the way for physicists at the dawn of the scientific revolution.
Held in conjunction with the Model and Metaphor Symposium - Tues, Dec 10.

The de Young Museum
San Francisco - Fri, Nov 22 and Sat, Nov 23, 2013 
In conjunction with the show David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, cultural critic Lawrence Weschler is curating 2 days of reflections on Hockney's claims about the use of optical devices such as lenses, mirrors and camera obscures to achieve a naturalistic look in painting. Panelists include physicist James Falco, artists Lauren Bon, Rich Nielsen, Tristan Duke; twin artist/perceptual experimenters Trevor+Ryan Oaks, science writer/curator Margaret Wertheim, and a passel of graphics programmers from Google, Microsoft and ILM.

Friday Night - Discussion panel  @7pm

Saturday - Seminar @ 10am-5pm

Armory Center
Pasadena, CA - Sat, November 2, 2013 @ 9am
At the Armory Board Retreat, Margaret will talk about the IFF's work at the intersection of science + art.

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University
Wichita, KS - Friday, September 13 @ 7pm
In conjunction with the "Nature's Toolbox" exhibition, Margaret will speak about "The Beautiful Math of Coral."

Beach Museum, Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS - Thursday, September 12 @7pm
In conjunction with the "Museum of Wonder" exhibition, Margaret will present "Making Space", a public lecture about concepts of space in physics, math and art.

The Music Center
Los Angeles - Wed, August 7, 2013 @ 1-3pm
Margaret will lead an interactive workshop for teachers about the intersection of art and mathematics.

City of Hope Hospital 
Duarte, CA  - Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 11am
As part of the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer School for aspiring medical researchers, Margaret will talk about the Crochet Coral Reef and the realization of mathematics in nature.

New Children's Museum
San Diego, CA - Sat, May 18, 2013 @ 2pm
In conjunction with the "TRASH" exhibition, Margaret will speak about "The Midden" project, in which she and her sister Christine kept 4 years worth of their domestic plastic trash. The resulting installation is a centerpiece of TRASH.

University of Sydney, Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology
Sydney, Australia
Monday, March 18 @ 6:30pm
WE ARE ALL CORALS NOW: A meditation on art, science and collectivity in the age of global warming

IFF Director Margaret Wertheim will present the 2013 Templeton Lecture at the University of Sydney. Hosted by the Center for the Human Aspects of Science and Technology (CHAST), the Templeton Lecture was endowed by Professor Charles Birch, the influential Australian biologist who pioneered the subject of environmental philosophy, for which he was the awarded the 1990 Templeton Prize. Margaret’s lecture – We Are All Corals Now” – will discuss the IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project as a metaphor for thinking about human action in the age of global warming. Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium.

Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Friday, February 8 @ 7:30pm
Reefs, Rubbish and Reason

IFF Director Margaret Wertheim spoke as part of the Coe College Marquis Series. Margaret’s spoke about the Crochet Coral Reef project and the Institute For Figuring's public programming at the boundary of art, science, mathematics and ecology. Venue: Sinclair Auditorium.
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