What is creative practice?

“A vision that decants little by little over months and years, bringing to light the ‘obvious’ thing that no one had seen, taking form in an ‘obvious’ assertion of which no one had dreamed”

That’s how Alexander Grothendieck, one of the great geometers of the last 100 years saw it.

Did you study much topology at school? Hyperbolic geometry? The theories of networks, complex varieties, Lie groups, tensor fields or categories? No? Why not? After all, things like these — not the tedious calculations they actually did make you do — are the subject-matter of modern maths.

On Monday 19 October 2015, Andrew McGettigan and Rich Cochrane of the Fine Art Maths Centre will give a talk entitled “Visual and Spatial Mathematics: A Manifesto”. It’s happening in E0002 at 5:30 and is free to attend for Fine Art students at CSM.

Taking our starting-point from the radical developments in maths that took place in the twentieth century, we’ll challenge the idea that this material must inevitably be closed off, accessible only to a small coterie of experts. We’ll talk about why new ideas and approaches are needed in maths education and how we believe the arts and humanities can and needs to reconnect with this fascinating field of cultural production.