Most of us perceive origami and kinetic sculptures as distinctly separate art forms. The Ocean Beasts exhibition at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, curated by Flo Tarjan, presents both types of artistic vision by one of the best in their respective fields. This show provides evidence that both creative skills have math and geometry as their common denominator. This exhibition reflects on geometric and aesthetic connections between folded paper art and fantastical kinetic sculptures; Theo Jansen’s giant machines inspire awe as they slowly progress over dunes powered by only wind energy. His beasts are juxtaposed against swirling paper shapes and the finest origami reflected through wonderful glass creations.
Witness a series of multimedia presentations, a chamber concert as well as an in-house origami artist who will demonstrate how folded paper comes to life. All lectures, receptions and concerts are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, July 31
5:30 pm: Father and son team Martin Demaine and Erik Demaine will give a public talk with slides, a technical presentation focusing on the mathematics of origami; 6:30 pm: Reception; 7 pm: Concert by Leon Livshin
Thursday, August 2
5:30 pm: Concert by Leon Livshin and Renaud Dejardin
Tuesday, August 7
5:30 pm: Michael Assis will give a public talk on the complexity of origami; 6:30 pm: Reception; 7 pm: Concert by Leon Livshin, Renaud Dejardin and Julia Igonina
Thursday, August 16
5:30 pm: Christine Edison will give a public talk on origami tessellations; 6:30 pm Reception; 7 pm: Concert by Leon Livshin with Elena Baksht, Dmitri Berlinsky, Natalia Khoma, Anna Rabinova and Yoram Youngerman