The father-son team of mathematician/artists Erik Demaine (famous for his mathematical origami) and Martin Demaine will give a talk and hands-on presentation at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in conjunction with the current exhibition Forecasting: Climate Change and Water Impact at the Museum of the White Mountains through April 21.
The Demaines have done pioneering work in curved mathematical origami, which is included in the museum exhibition. They work together in paper, glass, and other materials, using sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms.
Martin Demaine is currently an artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His son, Erik, is a professor in computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a 2013 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship—known as a “genius grant.”
Forecasting: Climate Change and Water Impact, curated by artists Kimberly Ritchie and Shandra McLane, and MWM associate director Cynthia Robinson, explores climate change by overlapping the lens of scientific information with artistic imagery and expression, inviting the viewer to engage in the material via contemporary art installations and scientific data concerning oceans of the world, waterways, atmosphere, and drought.
In addition to the Demains, the exhibit features work by Ritchie, McLane, Fawn Atencio, Martin and Erik Demaine, Eric Kelsey and his research team, as well as research and commentary research and commentary by Plymouth State faculty members Brian Eisenhauer, Eric P. Kelsey, Lourdes B. Avilés, Mary Ann McGarry, Steve Whitman, Kerry L Yurewicz, and Lisa Doner.