2021 Minisymposium “Mathematics and Arts” at the annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society (online)

The minisymposium “Mathematics and Arts” will be part of the annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society, online, 27. September - 1. October 2021. It aims to bring together researchers interested in the connection and collaboration of mathematics and arts. This page includes the program as well as the call for papers.

Several talks from the minisymposium are available in a YouTube playlist. A short description of these videos can be found in this Twitter thread. A compilation of articles originating from the minisymposium was published, find it here. Furthermore, there is a blog article on the first two minisyposia. Find the page of last year's minisymposium here.


Tuesday, September 28th, 10:30 - 12:30 (GMT+2)
"Puzzles and Animals"

10:30 - 11:30
Alexander Holroyd (University of Bristol)
"Jigsaw puzzles, bell ringing, and Hamiltonian cycles"
11:30 - 12:00
Melissa Silk (University of Technology Sydney), Annette Mauer (STEAMpop)
"Binary Bugs: a unique approach to transdisciplinary learning"
12:00 - 12:30
Loretta Walz
"Drawing Local Songbirds: Introducing Primary Learners to Abstract Computational Design with Logical Operations (Boolean Algebra) Where the Primitives are Shapes"

Wednesday, September 29th, 10:30 - 12:30 (GMT+2)
"Visualizing Mathematics"

10:30 - 11:00
Beryl van Gelderen (TU Delft), Vera Hoveling (TU Delft)
"Interactive Animation on Directional Derivatives and Level Curves for engineering students"
11:00 - 11:30
Bianca Violet (IMAGINARY), Daniel Ramos (IMAGINARY), Bernhard Werner (TUM)
"Mathina - An interactive storybook between mathematics and fantasy"
11:30 - 12:00
Ruben Wiersma (TU Delft)
"Communicating Perspective in 17th Century Paintings to Modern Audiences"

Thursday, September 30th, 11:00 - 12:30 (GMT+2)

11:00 - 11:30
Teresa Hunyadi, Dave Murray-Rust (TU Delft)
"Material Deformations of Penrose Tiling"
11:30 - 12:00
Aaron Fenyes (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)
"Quasiperiodic prints from triply periodic blocks"
12:00 - 12:30
Nicholas Bruscia (University at Buffalo)
"Surface Disclination Topology in Architectural Fabrication"

Thursday, September 30th, 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+2)

15:00 - 15:30
Rachel Quinlan (National University of Ireland Galway)
"Paper for wallpaper"
15:30 - 16:00
Paula Krieg

Thursday, September 30th, 16:30 - 18:30 (GMT+2)
"Music and Rendering"

16:30 - 17:00
Joshua Holden (Rose-Hulman)
"Stochastic Snare Drums and Transition-Matrix Tom-Toms: Composing Rock Drum Kit Solos Using Stochastic Processes"
17:00 - 17:30
Darío Alatorre (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
"Math Sonification"
17:30 - 18:00
Aubin Arroyo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
"Wild Knots"
18:00 - 18:30
Beau Janzen (Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation)
"Filmmaking as an Essential Tool in Math Pedagogy"

Call for papers

The minisymposium “Mathematics and Arts” will be part of the joint annual conference of the German Mathematical Society and the Austrian Mathematical Society, originally planned to take place in Passau, Germany, 27. September – 1. October 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will take place in a fully virtual format with very affordable registration fees.

Our minisymposium aims to bring together researchers, artists, and educators interested in the connection and collaboration of mathematics and arts. We are looking for presentations of artistic objects that include mathematical components and put a focus on the imparting of this underlying mathematics. Furthermore, the talks can explore mathematical themes that invite discussions of their illustrations and the embodied artistic value.

As the mathematics component cannot be self-explanatory to the lay-person, the minisymposium aims to present works that make it explicit. For instance, geometric patterns and constructions can be an invitation to explore deeper mathematics, but the talk should clearly indicate how the recipient is brought into contact with mathematics via the artwork. Furthermore, we are looking for contributions that provide an educational opportunity for the observer. It should not only be learned that an artwork includes mathematics in general, but what specific mathematical elements it represents or captures. In this sense, an exemplary learning outcome would be not only that Escher’s works include mathematics, but that they include elements of the wallpaper group as well as an understanding of what this means. Finally, we are looking for illustrations of mathematical ideas, concepts, and objects that carry not only the underlying mathematics, but also an artistic value.

We aim to cover a variety of topics centered around the inclusion of mathematics in different art forms like painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles, or music. Moreover, we aim to address uses of these combinations for example in high school and university teaching or in outreach projects directed at the general public.

The official language of the minisymposium will be English. Each talk will be given 20 minutes plus an additional 5 minutes for questions. To propose a talk, please send an abstract of 1,000 to 1,500 characters (including spaces) and an illustrating picture, a link to a video, or other supporting material to dmv.math.art@gmail.com.

Selected authors will be invited to extend their abstracts to full articles that will be published as a collection in the peer-reviewed online journal w/k. Find here a compilation of articles originating from last year’s minisymposium.

If you have any questions, please send an email to dmv.math.art@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to your proposals,
Milena Damrau and Martin Skrodzki

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Talk Proposals: July 25th
  • Acceptance Notification: July 28th
  • Registration Deadline: July 31st
  • Conference: Passau, Germany (online), 27. September – 1. October
  • Notification for articles selected for publication: October 15th
A crafting sheet for an Archimedean solid, produced by U. Reitebuch.
Image: Courtesy of U. Reitebuch.