The Inaugural Exhibition at the Institute For Figuring's new space.
Exhibition Dates: April 14 – November 10, 2012
Celebratory Party:Saturday May 12, 2012. Save the Date and Join us as we toast our new home.
Detail of the Periodic Table as envisioned by Jim Carter in his Theory of Circlon Synchronicity.
Whate drives a man with no science training to think he can succeed where Einstein and Stephen Hawking have failed? In the Institute For Figuring's first suite of jewel-box-like exhibitions, the main gallery will feature Physics on the Fringe, an exploration of alternative theories of the universe by geniuses, mavericks and outsiders from the nineteenth century to today. The exhibit celebrates the amateur spirit of inquiry, putting into historical context the individual impulse to understand our universe. Continuing the IFF’s commitment to participatory programming, visitors are invited to peruse our unique collection of both insider and outsider physics theories, and to write their own ideas about the structure of reality in our exhibition folio.
Theorists featured in the exhibition include outsiders James Carter, Michael Evans and Stoyan Sarg, along with quintessential nineteenth century insiders P.G. Tait and William Thomson aka Lord Kelvin.
The exhibit is held in conjunction with IFF Director Margaret Wertheim’s new book of the same name.
In addition to our main gallery, the Institute's three Project Rooms will show three new miniature exhibitions:
Project Room 1 — The Antigravity Annex
An intimate look at subverters and deniers of gravity.
Project Room 2 — The Hyperbolic Imaginary
A mathematical celebration of hyperbolic space in which visitors are invited to construct their own paper models to add to the exhibit.
Project Room 3 — Pod Worlds
A visionary suite of tiny, hyperbolic crochet landscapes. The exhibit is an extension of the IFF’s Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, one of the largest participatory science + art endeavors in the world.