Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking, 25 July 2013

The exhibition does not focus on the attractive illustrations scientists frequently produced for publication. Instead, it uses the detritus of scientific investigation to reveal the beauty of material thinking.

Art historian Nina Samuel presented on her research as the third and final event in a series exploring the appearance and significance of fractal geometry in historical and recent art and design. Samuel is editor of The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking and is curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Bard Gradate Center Gallery 2013. Both investigate the complex relationship between visual and scientific reasoning in fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Nina Samuel (Berlin) is an art historian and independent curator currently based in New York City. Samuel holds a PhD in Art History from Humboldt University, Berlin. Her thesis, entitled "The Shape of Chaos", investigates visual epistemologies in the field of complex dynamics and drawing as a mode of thinking. Research positions include the "Technical Image" group at Humboldt University and "Embodied Information - 'Lifelike' Algorithms and Cellular 'Machines'" at Free University, Berlin, and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. During 2011-12 she was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York City during which time she curated the exhibition "The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot". Further to this she focused on the subject of drawing as thinking process in contemporary art and various disciplines.

  • Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking, 25 July 2013