Symmetry is the buzzword on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works! A lecture September 12 in Kresge Auditorium kicked off three days of events, including a workshop and a seminar, which are all open to the public. Meanwhile a selection of Farris’s work will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Edwards Center for Art and Dance until Sept. 23.
In his book Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, published in 2015 by Princeton University Press, Farris explained a new process for creating art via computational technology based on the mathematical theory of symmetry. During the summer of 2016, two Bowdoin computer science students helped develop open-source software to make the Farris design process accessible to a wider artistic community.