2023 Minisymposium “Mathematics and Arts” at the annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society (hybrid: in-place at Ilmenau, Germany and online)

The minisymposium “Mathematics and Arts” will be part of the annual conference of the German Mathematical Society, planned to take place in Ilmenau, Germany, 25.–28. September 2023. While the conference is taking place in-person, online participation of solely the minisymposium is possible. Find the pages of the last years' minisymposia here (2022), here (2021), and here (2020), which provide lists of talks and YouTube playlists of the talks.


Monday, September 25th, 16:30 – 18:30 (GMT+2)
"Looking at the world through the eyes of Math"

16:30 - 17:30
Susanne Spies (Universität Siegen)
"'Maker of patterns.' – Mathematics as a result of artistic creation."
17:30 - 18:00
Ana Oosting
"An artist's view on Folds, Tesselations, Curvature, and other Science"
18:00 - 18:30
Marlene Knoche (MIP.labor)
"Hilbert's Holidays – A mathematical point-and-click adventure game"

Wednesday, September 27th, 16:45 – 18:45 (GMT+2)
"Bringing Mathematics to Life"

16:45 - 17:15
Tim Kunt
"Designing a Runway Choreography with Integer Programming"
17:15 - 17:45
Kevin Walker
"The mathematics of looking less mathematical"
17:45 - 18:15
Alex Kontorovich (Rutgers University)
"Polyplane: Exploring the natural laws of shape"
18:15 - 18:45
Gabriel Dorfsman-Hopkins (St. Lawrence University)

Thursday, September 28th, 13:00 – 15:00 (GMT+2)
"MathArt and Teaching"

13:00 - 13:30
Dia Taha (Heidelberg University)
"Mathematics and Visualization in Action: A Selection of Student Projects from the Heidelberg Experimental Geometry Lab"
13:30 - 14:00
PRIME (TU Delft)
"Transforming hand-drawn level curves to augmented reality for classroom use"
14:00 - 14:30
Shereen El Bedewy (JKU)
"STEAM A for Arts or Architecture!"
14:30 - 15:00
Christopher R. H. Hanusa (Queens College of the City University of New York)
"Mathematical Art on the AxiDraw Pen Plotter"

Thursday, September 28th, 15:30 – 17:30 (GMT+2)
"Math-inspired Arts and Arts-inspired Math"

15:30 - 16:00
Lucia Rossi (Montanuniversität Leoben)
"Inter affine tiles"
16:00 - 16:30
Joshua Holden (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
"Twist, Turn, and Shout: The Symmetries of Braided Cords"
16:30 - 17:00
Audrey Nasar (The Fashion Institute of Technology)
"'Symmetry' Card Game"
17:00 - 17:30
Aaron Fenyes
"Geodesic Music"

Call for papers

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 tackling one of the following aspects:

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. 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 with a clear learning outcome for the recipient. For instance, it could 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 invite a discussion about visualization and illustration practices.

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 at least one illustrating picture, a link to a video, or some other supporting material to dmv.math.art@gmail.com by May 14th, 2023.

Selected authors will be invited to extend their abstracts to contributions that will be published in the peer-reviewed online journal “w/k”. Find here a compilation of articles originating from the 2020 rendition of the minisymposium as well as here a compilation of articles from the 2021 edition.

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

A crafting sheet for an Archimedean solid, produced by U. Reitebuch.
Image: Courtesy of U. Reitebuch.