Paper Machines Workshop for families, Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9-11 am, Dr. Odesma Dalrymple and Dr. Perla Myers, University of San Diego, Loma Hall, Cymer Ideation Space
Create your own paper machine! This workshop will combine engineering and paper folding concepts to explore some of the endless possibilities of paper folding and desing thinking. We will start with stations, where participants will learn various techniques, then they will combine the techniques to create their own paper machine. We will end with a short presentation on further applications of paper folding and design thinking to medicine, manufacturing, social justice, etc.
No RSVP required, but give Dr. Perla a heads-up and thank you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other cool USD events in April:
Knapp Events at USD
Knapp Lecture: PLAYING WITH ART AND SCIENCE: ORIGAMI, GLASS, AND MATHEMATICS
Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
Reception to follow
Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics, by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Mathematically, they are continually developing algorithms to fold paper into any desired shape. Sculpturally, the duo has been exploring curved creases, which remain poorly understood mathematically, but have potential applications in robotics, deployable structures, manufacturing, and self-assembly. By integrating science and art, they constantly find new inspirations, problems, and ideas: proving that sculptures do or don’t exist, or illustrating mathematical beauty through physical beauty. Collaboration, particularly as a father-son team, has been a powerful way for them to bridge art and mathematics. Prior to the lecture, guests will be able to view a sneak peek of the exhibition in the Humanities Center Gallery starting at 4 p.m.
Knapp Lecture: BUILDING with MATHEMATICS, ART, and COMMUNITY at USD
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Humanities Center, Serra Hall 200
Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine explore the worlds of sculpture, manufacturing, and shape based on the notion of scale. In particular, they explore ideas behind several parallel creation stations (including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista, one in Tijuana) that allow participants to simultaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. Some of these creations will be “folded” into the exhibit, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” prior to the gallery opening reception on April 27.
Gallery Exhibition: Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings
Monday, April 16, to Friday, May 18
Humanities Center Gallery, Serra Hall 200
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 5–7 p.m.
Father/son duo Martin and Erik Demaine like to blur the lines between art and mathematics by freely moving from designing sculpture to proving theorems and back again. Paper folding is a great setting for this approach, as it mixes a rich geometric structure with a beautiful art form. Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings will feature work by the Demaines and work created in several parallel creation stations — including two located at USD, one in Linda Vista and one in Tijuana — that will allow participants to simultaneously and spontaneously create based on certain rules inspired by the work of Martin and Erik. The exhibit will begin with a few pieces by the Demaines and the collaborative creations will be “folded” into the exhibit prior to the gallery opening reception.
Simultaneous Creation Stations:
During the week of April 16-23, when Martin and Erik are at USD, there will be several creation stations that will run in parallel, including two at the University of San Diego, two in Tijuana (at the Escuela Libre Architecture School and at a Community Center), and 3-4 in the San Diego community (schools or community centers). Participants (students, teachers, families, community leaders, etc.) at the different sites will simultaneously create based on challenges to be revealed each day inspired by the work of the Demaines. The work at these stations will be streamed to the Humanities Center at USD throughout the week, and some of the collaborative work will be “folded” into an exhibit that will include work by the Demaines, “Folding Borders, Making Unfoldings” in time for the gallery opening reception on April 27. Part of our vision for this project is to introduce the San Diego and Tijuana communities to creative, playful, interdisciplinary thinking with the Demaines and to inspire a bi-national collaboration that will result in the development of new works infused by the rich assets of our diverse communities.