Students, Faculty Members Collaborate on Campus Fractal Exhibition

November 7, 2017

Virtual Fractality: Iterations, Dimensions, and Enhanced Reality.Wentworth Institute of Technology is presenting an exhibition titled, Virtual Fractality: Iterations, Dimensions, and Enhanced Reality. The work, a hybrid virtual-physical representation of the three-dimensional fractal known as Apollonian Spheres, was constructed by students and faculty from Industrial Design, Interior Design, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics—in collaboration with an external artist.

The installation will be on display from November 9 to December 20 in the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons. Admission is free and includes virtual reality viewers compatible with most smartphones.

The Apollonian Spheres fractal evokes both natural and human patterns of growth. Organizers said participants in the fractal experience will, “relate to its optimal recursive packing of spheres, like cells or living spaces striving for room in a burgeoning environment.”

The exhibition includes sculptural iterations—ranging from artist collages to student-made scaled models—and virtual visualizations of the fractal in two and three dimensions.

A photography exhibit (Monuments to My Memory) and artist talk by New York artist Sharon Ma will accompany the exhibition.

Virtual Fractality: Iterations, Dimensions, and Enhanced Reality.The opening reception and talk will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons.

Virtual Fractality: Iterations, Dimensions, and Enhanced Reality is a collaboration among: Industrial Design’s Simon Williamson, associate professor; Sam Montague, department chair; Ava Poppas, ’20; Emma Schmidt,’18; Bill Bancroft; Jac Van Loon; Joe Stauss; and John Erickson; Interior Design’s Monica Anderson, a former Wentworth student; Sarah Silva, ’20; Anthony Trajlinek, ’20; Nate Derbinsky, former Wentworth Computer Science faculty member;  Arianna Burch, ’20; Liam Nally, ’21; Edgar Romero Fuentes, ’21; Janine Thomas, ’19; Applied MathematicsRachel Maitra, assistant professor; Abigail O’Connor, ’19; Justin Rivera, ’17; Rhonda Postrel, Schumann Library & Learning Commons; and Sharon Ma Arts.

The exhibition is made possible through a Wentworth Institute of Technology EPIC mini-grant. The artist’s talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Mathematics and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

More photos can be found below or at this link.

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