Diane Hoffoss, UCSD

Interdisciplinary
Diane Hoffoss, UCSD
April 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
105 Public Policy Building
Reception follows in Atrium

The Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), Pi Mu Epsilon, and the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences present a lecture by Dr. Diane Hoffoss about merging art and technology to create an interactive sculpture for Burning Man.

In August 2018, a two-ton interactive sculpture showcasing unsolved problems of mathematics and physics came to life in the Nevada desert. Rising 12 feet tall, the unfolding dodecahedron was externally skinned with black panels containing 2240 acrylic windows illuminated by more than 16,000 individually programmed LEDs, while the interior was lined with mirrors over each pentagonal face. The resulting artwork was displayed at Black Rock City, the desert location of Burning Man. This talk outlines our journey, two mathematicians embracing the role of amateur sculpture artists.

Diane Hoffoss, PhD, has been a member of the University of California San Diego faculty since 2001, where she teaches all levels of mathematics. Her research interests are in the areas of 3-manifold topology, foliations, and hyperbolic geometry.


Plan Your Visit

Admission to the concert and reception is free and open to the public.

We recommend parking at paid visitor parking in either the Walker Avenue Garage or the Administration Drive Garage. Click here for additional location and parking information.

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