Fractals in Japanese Woodblock Prints

As part of the academic lecture and cultural series in Summer 2017, JASGA presents a lecture entitled 'Fractals in Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e)' by Dr. Fumiko Futamura.

The lecture will be held at the Trastee Hall (303), St. Edward's University where there are Japanese exchange students from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu studying during summer. 
About Talk:
Fractals are geometric shapes or curves that have self-similarity. Their complexity makes them better able to mimic shapes we see in nature, like clouds, plants and mountain ranges that cannot be adequately described by the simple shapes of Euclidean geometry. The Japanese artists Hokusai, Hiroshige and others have intuitively used fractal shapes in their woodblock prints decades before they were studied mathematically. In this talk, we discuss the history of fractals and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as several mathematical techniques for producing fractals. 
About Dr. Fumiko Futamura:
Fumiko Futamura received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Southwestern University. Her research is in the area of projective geometry as it relates to perspective drawing, and is currently writing a textbook on the subject. She has taught a number of courses related to mathematics and art, with topics ranging from the fourth dimension in art and literature to image processing and computer animation. She is also an artist and mother of a sweet and energetic preschooler. 
Open to the public and this event is free. 
(From Top left: Chōshi, Shimousa from One Thousand Images of the Sea  by HokusaiThe Great Wave off Kanaga by Hokusai)
(Bottom Left:  Rain Shower at Shōno by Hiroshige;  Susanoo slaying theYamata no Orochi, by Yoshitoshi)


July 13th, 2017 7:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
3001 S Congress Ave
St. Edward's University
Trustee 303
Austin, TX 78704
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731

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