Special Event: Geometry Activity with George Hart of the Museum of Mathematics, Exhibit, R. Buckminster Fuller One-Man Play, and a Seminar/Discussion "Building on Dr. Marvin Solit's Work"

Join us for a Special Event at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and the Foundation For New Directions (FND) in Cambridge, MA, on 22–23 January 2011

George W. Hart led building of a Two-Layer Geodesic Sphere at Mathcamp 2008
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) will present the play R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE written and directed by D. W. Jacobs. George Hart of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) will lead a special human-scale geometry activity, and the Foundation for New Directions (FND) will present an exhibit of geometry and related subjects and artifacts developed by the late Dr. Marvin Solit, who was a founding member of the Synergetics Collaborative and FND. FND will also host a seminar and discussion Building on the Work of Marvin Solit. After the Sunday 23 January performances at the A.R.T., Thomas T. K. Zung will give a short overview on the inventions of Buckminster Fuller with comments on Bucky's Dymaxion car and the New Car #4 recently unveiled in Madrid by Lord Norman Foster at the Ivory Press Exhibition Gallery.

When:
George W. Hart led building of a Two-Layer Geodesic Sphere at Mathcamp 2008
George Hart, Musuem of Mathematics

Where:
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions to American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

Foundation for New Directions
93 Belmont Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Registration
Pre-Registration is required. Please fill out the registration form to RSVP for the event.

Description:
The Synergetics Collaborative, Foundation for New Directions (FND), Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), and American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) present a special event on 22 & 23 January 2011 in Cambridge, MA. The impetus for the event is the performance of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE at the A.R.T. Performances start on Jan 14th and run through Feb 5th. We have a special $35 group rate for the performances at 2 PM on Jan 22nd (for our special exhibit and geometry activity) and at 7:30 PM on Jan 23rd (for the Dymaxion Car #4 presentation). Please register to receive our special promotional code and instructions for ordering tickets. Note: tickets are on a first come, first served basis, so order your tickets now.

Immediately following (at 4:30 PM) the matinee performance (which stats at 2 PM) on 22 Jan 2011 will be our main exhibit in the West Lobby of A.R.T. The event will feature a special hands-on activity led by George Hart of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). The activity will engage people of all ages in the group building ("barnraising") of a human-scale artifact with a connection to the geometrical work of R. Buckminster Fuller and Marvin Solit. In addition to this powerful educational experience there will be exhibits put together by the Synergetics Collaborative, the Foundation for New Directions (FND) and MoMath. Synergetics Collaborative, MoMath and FND will have people on hand to discuss, explain, demonstrate and engage participants with the displays. Some displays will be hands-on.
Dr. Marvin Solit
Dr. Marvin Solit, founder
Foundation of New Directions
The event will have particular appeal to math, geometry, and Bucky enthusiasts, educators, Marvin Solit's FND members and students. The event will be in the West Lobby of A.R.T. from 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM on Saturday afternoon January 22. A ticket stub from any performance of the play will get you into the West Lobby to participate in the event.

On Sunday, 23 January from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Foundation for New Directions (FND) will host a discussion seminar on "Building on Marvin Solit's Work". There is a YouTube video of Marvin's work on Hierarchy of Polyvertexia. Please pre-register and bring $15 to cover food and drink supplies.

Finally, there will be a presentation on "Lord Norman Foster's Dymaxion Car #4" by Thomas T. K. Zung immediately following the performances on Sunday 23 January 2011 (matinee at 2 PM, evening at 7:30 PM). Zung is founding member of Buckminster Fuller Institute, Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC), a Distinguished Fellow to the Stanford University Libraries and he is author/editor of Anthology for New Millennium on Buckminster Fuller. A ticket stub from any performance of the play will get you into the theater at 4:30 PM or 10 PM to attend the Dymaxion Car presentation.

International Participants
Information for international participants

About The Organizers
Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) was founded in 2002 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.

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is one of the country's most celebrated resident theaters and the winner of numerous awards-including the Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the local Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. In 2002 the A.R.T. was the recipient of the National Theatre Conference's Outstanding Achievement Award, and in May of 2003 it was named one of the top three theaters in the country by Time magazine. Founded by Robert Brustein in 1980, the A.R.T. during its 30-year history has welcomed major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes new American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts and provocative new music theater productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents. It has presented over 200 productions, over half of which were premieres of new plays, translations and adaptations. Visit A.R.T. online.

The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is a new institution that will open to the public in New York City in 2012 as the only permanent museum in the country dedicated solely to mathematics. The Museum is dedicated to redefining the American public's relationship with mathematics. The Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Its dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The museum's activities will lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics. Visit MoMath online.

The Foundation for New Directions (FND) is a center for the exploration of holistic living. It began in 1959, when Dr. Marvin Solit, an osteopathic physician in Boston, introduced the work of Ida Rolf (creator of Rolfing) to New England, as part of his medical practice. By 1966, he had converted his practice to New England's first Holistic Health Center, which included Homeopathy, General Semantics and Non-Directed Body Movement (NDBM). As it became clear that the parameters of healing included family relationships and work relationships, the center became a holistic community center. Participants developed small and large businesses, both to de-intensify individual job pressures, provide mutual support, and to provide for the center. One such business was based on a deep interest in how relationships are structured. Geometry became the means for understanding and representing these relationships. The business was called Rhombics, and made products which encouraged an approach to learning which engaged both mind and body. Another business was real estate which, in addition to providing the major funding for the center, also became an avenue for disseminating its values: Holistic Real Estate. The search for holism led to collaboration with other holistic thinkers in biology, holistic physics, geometry and genetics. After 33 years, the center has become the Foundation for New Directions. Visit FND online.

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