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Convegno internazionale_Aesthetics of Mathematics - Mathematics of Aesthetics



Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura


Aesthetics of Mathematics - Mathematics of Aesthetics: Mathematical Concepts and their Reflections in Literature, Art and Architecture from the 18th to the Early 20th Century


International Conference


Istituto di storia e teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura ISA

in collaborazione con

the Swiss Society for Cultural Theory and Semiotics SSCS



Accademia di architettura, USI

Palazzo Canavée, aula C3.89




The Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture at the Academy of Architecture ISA together with the Swiss Society for Cultural Theory and Semiotics SSCS is organising in May 2017 the annual conference of the Society (conception: Prof. Dr. Sonja Hildebrand, ISA/SSCS). The conference will investigate the manifold reflections of modern mathematics found since the 18th century in the literary, artistic, and architectural theory and practice. The displacement of euclidean geometry by algebra as a leading discipline of mathematics has posed fundamental questions about the “ontological status” of the number. For the arts, this presented a conceptual challenge, and simultaneously generated new creative potential, which will be explored on this occasion. Furthermore, the conference will also address the aesthetic dimensions of mathematical concepts. Speakers with the background in art and architectural history, as well as literary studies and history of mathematics will come together to reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the event. The conference is generously supported by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Andrea Albrecht, University of Stuttgart
Franziska Bomski, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Elena Chestnova, USI
Hans Frei, Zurich
Lutz Danneberg, HU Berlin
Lynn Gamwell, School of Visual Arts, New York
Peter Koch Gehlshøj, University of Copenhagen
Michael Gnehm, USI/ETH Zurich 
Sonja Hildebrand, USI
Hans Niels Jahnke, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Ute Poerschk, Pennsylvania State University,
Estelle Thibault, ENSA Paris-Belleville
Céline Trautmann-Waller, Université Paris 3



aula C3.89

A publication is under preparation: 

Ästhetik der Mathematik
‚figurationen' 21, 2020, no. 1
ed. by Sonja Hildebrand
with contributions by Andrea Albrecht and Lutz Danneberg, Franziska Bomski, Elena Chestnova, Sonja Hildebrand, Céline Trautmann-Waller, Estelle Thibault




Recensione Kunstchronik 2017/9-10

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