Exhibition Hyperbolic Planes and Networks of Sustainability by Daina Taimina

Posted on | October 3, 2014

We are glad to welcome you to the exhibition “Hyperbolic Planes and Networks of Sustainability” by mathematician and artist Daina Taimina (LV/US) from October 3 until November 9 in kim? Contemporary Art Centre, address: Maskavas street 12/1, Spikeri Quartier in Riga.

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Daina Taimina next to The White Cloud. Photo: Martins Otto, Riga 2014

It is not an easy task to describe various natural shapes by mathematical formulas. Mathematician Daina Taimina is using crochet to create hyperbolic planes. As it turns out, the handicraft helps to understand mathematics, but the ancient art of crochet acquires contemporary resonance.

In January, at one of the opening events of Riga 2014, RIXC invited crocheters to make their own white hyperbolic planes in order to create the installation “The Cloud of White Thoughts”. Nearly two hundred participants from all over Latvia joined in thus creating not only “The White Cloud” but also a social network.

Daina Taimina is Latvian mathematician, mathematical historian and artist. She was born in Riga, currently adjunct associate professor of mathematics in Cornell University (US). Crocheted first hyperbolic plane for using it in non-Euclidean geometry class in 1997.

Opening hours: Mon.: closed, Tue.: 12.00-20.00, Wed.-Sun.: 12.00-18.00

Enterance fee: 3,00 EUR/ 1,50 EUR, on Tuesdays – free.

Special programme:

in October every Tuesday at 17.00 – tea, talks and crocheting with Daina Taimina;
Saturday, October 11, at 14.00 – workshop for children led by Daina Taimina – hyperbolic planes from paper;
Tuesday, October 21 at 17.00 – celebration of Martin Gardner’s 100th birthday who was American popular mathematics and science writer.

Exhibition produced by RIXC.
Curator: Rasa Smite.

The exhibition is RIGA 2014 event.

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