Symmetry Festival 2016’s Family Day, coordinated by Experience Workshop

Between 18-22 July, 2016, Symmetry Festival 2016, the world largest multidisciplinary conference and art festival in Symmetry Studies took place at the Vienna University of Technology. Experience Workshop has coordinated the Family Day, which took place at Karlsplatz in Vienna’s downtown and attracted several hundreds of people.

Almost 150 presenters joined us from many fields of Symmetry Studies and the Festival has hosted an international art exhibit, concerts, performances and a family day with dozens of fun programs from the colorful world of symmetry. The cultural programs were running on full house and the family day has attracted hundreds of people in Vienna’s downtown.
As a part of the program, Professor Peter Weibel has invited Symmetry Festival 2019 to his home-institution: Center for Media Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Watch Senf TV’s program from Symmetry Festival’s Family Day:

Haresh Lalvani, Zaran Lalvani and Anna Gidwani’s PENTILES & GOLDEN TANGRAMS workshop was a great success. The workshop was based on Haresh Lalvani’s own set of tiles (blocks) to make representative and non-representative designs. Older audience played with colourful tiles, made patterns and designs, as they did when they were children. Younger audience simply had fun designing and inventing, and discovering order and quasi-order.

Carla Feijen, Chiel Duran & Renate Quehenberger’s PLAYING WITH GEOMETRY workshop has attracted people of all ages. The workshop has introduced a bamboo geometry kit designed by Carla Feijen. Participants could learn about the Phi-ratio and Phi-space while playing and creating and built the ‘epitahedron’, discovered by Renate Quehenberger.

Experience Workshop’s director, Kristóf Fenyvesi’s  4DFRAME EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP gave a foretaste of working with Super 4Dframe, a construction kit, which Experience Workshop implement also to build up its Event Space, a 3 meters high, 5 meters wide geodesic dome from almost 1000 separate modules!

The Jomili Team has brought the JOMILI MADNESS to the audience. The Jomili Cubes is a set of black and white wooden cubes. Suitable for all ages as a game or workshop tool for 2D patterns and 3D shapes. Excellent for developing hands-on and spatial skills, logical and creative thinking.

The inventor and artist János Szász Saxon and Zsuzsa Dárdai art critique has introduced their SAXON POLY-UNIVERSE – THE GAME OF INFINITE OPTIONS to the participants. The toy family, in using and developing the basic geometric shapes of János Szász SAXON’s poly-dimensional plain painting, has offered a direct contact with the geometric shapes, the development of vision and of touch through the recognition of correlations and finding the linkage points, the ability of thinking improves and the evolves. The colourful geometric shapes has generated infinite logical complexity and complicated mathematical and morphological puzzles. 

The Austrian origami group Verein ORIGAMI – Papierfalten für alle’s (Noriko Mafune-Bachinger, Lorenz Schrödl, Hemali Dworschak, Cermak Caroline, Andrea Huber) CUBES CUBED workshop has shown how to make: cubes out of 2, 3, and 6 pieces of paper; “holed” cubes; and cubed roses. Additionally, different symmetrical origami models were exhibited.

Mariann and Balázs Villányi from the Hungarian Origami Association, has realized a PAPER FOLDING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN. The workshop covered traditional Japanese origami models as well as some of the tutor’s models. The emphasis of the activity was put on the symmetrical structures present in folded origami models.

Hans Dybkjær’s WHITE ANGEL, BLACK ANGEL. FOLDING A FUN ORIGAMI THEOREM workshop has invited the participants to explore origami’s beauties through mathematics, color theorem and paper folding. Fold a flat model, unfold, and look at the resulting pattern of crease lines. This pattern can be coloured using only two colours. Moreover, when refolding the model, a surprising effect occurs… 

Natalija Budinski’s ORIGAMI FOR MATHEMATICS AND SYMMETRY LEARNING workshop has shown that origami can have application in the regular geometry classes in elementary or high school, but also it can be combined with computer based learning mathematics. What is more, its usage is very valuable in informal mathematical workshops and promotion of playfully and artistically side of mathematical education.

Hartmut Warm’s SYMMETRY AND HARMONY IN THE MOVEMENT RELATIONS OF THE PLANETS demonstration presented that the figures that arise if the movements of the planets are put in relation over longer periods show often rotational symmetry. Sometimes they show great geometrical beauty. Thus, they can be understood as a connection between art and science. The movements and the development of these figures were presented with a special astronomical software (The Signature of the Celestial Spheres). 

Drs. Peter Moeck and Svoboda Dimitrova-Moeck have offered AN EXHIBIT OF 3D PRINTED CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC MODELS. 


For organizing Symmetry Festival 2016, we are thankful for many devoted individuals, including Symmetry Festival’s host, Professor Wolfgang Hofkirchner, members of International Symmetry Association’s committees, and the local coordinator, the Viennese artist Renate Quehenberger, whose Quantum Cinema artwork has also appeared in the logo of our Festival in 2016.

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