[SNEC] Symposium on Synergetics and Morphology; Providence, RI; Nov 3-4
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Thu May 17 19:57:26 EDT 2007
The Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) in collaboration with
the Philomorphs and The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at
the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Presenting our Fourth Symposium on
* * * Synergetics and Morphology: * * *
* * * Explorations into the Shapes of Nature * * *
The Synergetics Collaborative has teamed with the Philomorphs
and The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab to present a two-day symposium on
"Synergetics and Morphology: Explorations into the Shapes of Nature"
at the RISD Auditorium on 2-4 Nov 2007. In addition to presenting
an engaging program around the intriguing concept of "the Form of
Nature", the event will include a reception on Friday 2 November
and a dance performance on Saturday 3 November. The event will also
feature an art exhibit on "Synergetics and Morphology" with the work
of participants on display at the nearby Waterman Gallery and in
the Nature Lab. The Arthur Loeb Design Science Teaching Collection,
which now resides with the Nature Lab, will be highlighted during the
event. The event will continue our efforts to build upon Buckminster
Fuller's Synergetics legacy. It will also offer a reunion for
Philomorphs. Finally, it will provide an opportunity to discuss
and share diverse viewpoints among the Synergetics community, the
Philomorphs, the RISD student and faculty communities, and other
explorers of Form aboard SpaceShip Earth.
The symposium will appeal to a broad range of individuals who
share a common interest in Morphology (the Art and Science of Form:
Goethe is reported to be the first to study and define morphology),
including artists, designers, naturalists, geometers, mathematicians,
scientists, educators and students.
A Reception will be held on Friday, 2 November 2007 from 7PM - 9PM
Saturday 3 November 2007, 8AM - 5PM (Symposium), 8PM - 10PM (Performance)
Sunday 4 November 2007, 8AM - 5PM (Symposium)
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Auditorium
17 Canal Street (Canal Walkway at Market Square)
Providence, RI 02906
The registration fee is $125 (includes lunch tickets for Sat & Sun,
and the performance on Sat evening); $30 for students. RISD students
enter at no charge but registration is required. Registrations
received after 15 October will be subject to a $25 late processing
fee. At the door registrations will be subject to a $50 surcharge.
Please fill out the on-line registration form at
Please mail checks to Synergetics Collaborative; 240 Copley Road;
Upper Darby, PA 19082-4016.
Call 610-352-7086 if you have any registration questions.
There will be space in the Waterman Gallery and The Edna Lawrence
Nature Lab for exhibiting 2-D and 3-D pieces. Please request space
by sending a note about your pieces including their dimensions
to curator at synergeticists.org. Unless the pieces are large, we
hope to accept some submissions from all interested participants.
If the space available is exceeded by the early submissions, we
will need to select among a limited number of the larger pieces in a
jurried process. Please request space by 30 September to allow time
for the jury to notify participants about which pieces can be shown.
There will be limited space for some participants to contribute Poster
Papers. Please send requests to present a Poster Paper to
papers at synergeticists.org.
Please let others know about this event by passing on this poster:
Synergetics and Morphology Flyer:
Symposium Home Page:
Information for international participants is at
About The Sponsors:
* Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) was founded in 2002 as an
organization to bring together a diverse group of people with
an interest in Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics in face-to-face
workshops, symposia, seminars, and other meetings to educate
and support research and understanding of the many facets of
Synergetics, its methods and principles.
Visit the Synergetics Collaborative on-line.
* Philomorphs, the "lovers of form", is an ad hoc group founded by
Cyril Stanley Smith, Steven J. Gould, and Arthur Loeb, to provide
a forum for those interested in form to share ideas in process or
new thinking with other interested parties. Two memorable examples
of presentations were: the structure and behavior of clusters of
soap bubbles by Cyril Smith or the structural jumps in changes of
snail evolution by Steven Gould. For many years, the Philomorphs
were hosted by Arthur Loeb in his studio in Sever Hall and then in
the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. The following quote
by Cyril Stanley Smith in 1979 exemplifies the main thinking of
the Philomorphs: "There seems to be emerging a new philosophy of
structural hierarchy applicable to change biological, intellectual,
esthetic or social." Philomorphs has been in hiatus for several
years. We hope the event on "Synergetics and Morphology" will
provide a reunion for Philomorphs' participants to rekindle their
passion for discussing their work on Form.
* The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design
uniquely integrates a natural history collection, a lending
library of natural specimens and a studio environment. With its
growing collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects,
books, visual resources, microscopes and a digital work station,
the Nature Lab serves as an invaluable research facility for the
RISD community. In 2003, The Nature Lab accepted the Arthur Loeb
Design Teaching Collection. This hands-on collection of hundreds of
three-dimensional polygons and two-dimensional patterns inspires
students and faculty to examine nature's fundamental responses to
Visit the Nature Lab online.
We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop.
We're not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work?
-- Buckminster Fuller
CJ Fearnley | Explorer in Universe
cjf at CJFearnley.com | Design Science Revolutionary
http://www.CJFearnley.com | "Dare to be Naive" -- Bucky Fuller
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