Sublime Symmetry Symposium: Celebrating William De Morgan and synergies between mathematics and art.
*ALL ART HISTORY AND MATHEMAICS SPEAKERS NOW CONFIRMED*
Sublime Symmetry is the De Morgan Foundation’s major 2016-17 exhibition which is currently touring the UK. Through innovative research, it presents William De Morgan, one of the most notable and innovative ceramic designers of the Victorian period, as a designer with an incredible mathematical sensitivity.
Held at the beautiful De Morgan House in Russell Square, named after William's mathematician father, Augustus De Morgan, this symposium supports the exhibition by bringing together academics and speakers from mathematical, arts and education backgrounds who will present the research they have undertaken into William De Morgan’s use of mathematics, on the centenary of his death.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There will be time for questions to the speakers and an opportunity for networking and drinks in our evening reception.
Overview of the day:
09.30 - Registration and coffee
10.00 - Introduction, Jean McMeakin Chair of the Trustee Board of the De Morgan Foundation
10.15 - Claire Longworth, Curator, De Morgan Foundation
'A Potted History of William De Morgan and the De Morgan Collection'
10.50 - Prof Anne Anderson FSA, Hon. Associate Professor Exeter Univerisity, Course Tutor V&A
De Morgan and Divine Geometry
11.25 - Dr Christopher Jordan, Independent Historian
'DeMorganitis': the unwillingness to let go the sublime
12.00 - Questions for the morning's speakers and panel discussion about De Morgan in his own time and his artistic legacy.
12.15 - Lunch
13.15 - Sarah Hardy, Sublime Symmetry Exhibition Curator
'Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics behind De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs'
13.50 - June Barrow-Green, Professor of History of Mathematics, The Open University
'The mathematical world of William De Morgan'
14.25 - Amber Khokhar, Artist and Arts Educator, creator of the Sublime Symmetry education pack.
A Sublime Approach: The Nature of Harmony
15.00 - Professor Alexandre Borovik, Professor of Mathematics, the University of Manchester
Sublime Symmetry, Mathematics and Art
15.35 - Questions for the afternoon's speakers and panel discussion on De Morgan's use of mathematics
16.00 - We welcome you to join us for a drink and to discuss the talks we have enjoyed.
We are most grateful to London Mathematical Society and the Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund for their generous support of this event.