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Hidden Pattern in art and science

Exploring Hidden Pattern in the practices of Allan McRobbie Structural Engineer at Cambridge University and artist Benjamin Bridges

With much attention now focused on patterns of behaviour in big data, this talk looks at two practices which consciously work with their own hidden patterns and flow of events.

ALLAN MCROBIE lectures on structural design at Cambridge University.  With a background in bridge design and mathematics, his work is involved with dynamic systems - including the highly topical science of river modelling and flooding.

Allan’s talk looks at Singularity and Stability Theories and reveals the extraordinary patterns of Catastrophe Theory.  This theory analyses the movements of structures in flux, such as buildings and boats at the point of collapse or capsize.  What emerges is that apparently random, chaotic events conform to a simple set of beautiful and iconic movement patterns. His talk explores how the maths behind these theories has applications in the sciences, from the stability of oil rigs through to gravitational astronomy, as well as shedding unexpected new light on many avenues of art.  

BENJAMIN BRIDGES will discuss his paintings and drawings, focusing on the cyclical pattern of challenges and resolutions within his practice. These range from creative blocks to seemingly disconnected ideas and an emerging order which can often only be discovered through hindsight. This will be within the context of his wider practice in which he has begun to employ these unknowns as an active part of his work.

Benjamin graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with a first in painting and now exhibits in the UK and Holland.   He set up Hollow Earth London, an art blog site, and is one of the founders of Croydon International Film Festival which is running a series of screenings in October 2014.  His solo show in London at dalla Rosa gallery - http://dallarosagallery.com - coincides with this talk.
www.benjaminbridges.com / www.hollowearthlondon.com

Adrian Holmes regularly chairs events for ideas-matter-sphere, and presented a talk on Alchemy.  He lectures in visual theory and art history on BA Illustration courses at Camberwell College of Art and Design, with a background in biology and as a practising artist and performer.  At UCA, he convened a Research Cluster in Art, Science and Culture.

Ideas-matter-sphere brings together speakers and audiences to discuss creative ideas connecting the arts, science and humanities.

Based in a central London pub, our informal events make these exciting ideas accessible and explorable. The focus is on discussion between informed speakers, practitioners and audiences.

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Date and Time:

31 March 2014 at 6:30 pm


3 hours



The Devereux
20 Devereux Court

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