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
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.
activity with George Hart of the Museum of
Mathematics and Exhibit: Saturday, 22
January 2011, 4:30 – 6:15 PM, American
Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), West
- Performance of
R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY
(and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE: Saturday
22 January 2011, 2 PM – 4:30 PM, or 7:30 PM – 10 PM,
or other performance from Jan 14 – Feb 5, A.R.T.
- Seminar and Discussion "Building
on Dr. Marvin Solit's Work": Sunday 23 January 2011, 10AM – 4PM,
Foundation for New Directions
- Thomas T. K. Zung Presentation
"Works of Fuller and the recent Dymaxion
Car #4 by Lord Norman Foster": Sunday 23
January 2011, 4:30 PM and 10 PM (after the
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)
- 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
93 Belmont Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
- Pre-Registration is required. Please fill out the registration form to RSVP
for the event.
- 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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