43rd Annual Conference & Art Book Fair
6th to 8th April 2017
Catherine Jolivette, Missouri State University, CatherineJolivette@missouristate.edu
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Scottish biologist and mathematician D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s celebrated book, On Growth and Form, a text that has stimulated and enthralled artists for a century with its sophisticated writing and elegant illustrations. This groundbreaking volume draws upon mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and philosophy to explore the geometrical transformations, physical mechanisms, and dynamic patterns of growth in plants and animals.
Over the last hundred years, Thompson’s study of morphology has inspired an eclectic range of pioneering thinkers including scientists (for example Stephen Jay Gould), architects (like Mies van der Rohe), and mathematicians (such as Alan Turing), and artists ranging from Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, to Richard Hamilton and Nigel Henderson, who staged their own ‘Growth and Form’ exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1951. More recently, historians, such as Lynn Gamwell, have investigated the intertwining relationships between art, mathematics, science, and philosophy while contemporary artists, including British sculptor Ian Kiaer and Venezuelan artist Gego, continue to respond to Thompson’s work.
In the spirit of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, this session explores connections between the visual arts and science across the span of the last hundred years. Papers in this session address both the discursive context in which Thompson wrote On Growth and Form and the reception and influence of the book from the time of its publication to the present day, as scholars employ cross disciplinary approaches to engage with exchanges of ideas across Europe, Japan, and North America.
Brandon Taylor (University of Southampton / Oxford University) On Growth, Form and Vitalism
Kelly Freeman (University College London) Growing Bones – D’Arcy Thompson and the formation of the skeleton concept
Pat Simpson (University of Hertfordshire) 1917: Revolution, Art, and Darwinism
Yang Chen (Central Saint Martins) Staging the Integration of Art and Machine: The 5th Experimental Workshop Presentation by Jikken Kobo
Cliona O’Dunlaing (University of Essex) The Dialectics of Entropy and the Crystalline in Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty
John R. Blakinger (University of Southern California) Images for Extraterrestrials: Carl Sagan’s Voyager Interstellar Record and Trevor Paglen’s EchoStar XVI Disc
Lucy Winnington (University of Edinburgh) Recoding the Stars: The Art and Science of Contemporary Cosmography
Camilla Mørk Røstvik (University of St Andrews) Contemporary SciArt and Old Power Dynamics
This year marks the centenary of the publication of On Growth and Form, the hugely influentual book by the Scottish zoologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, which has inspired scientists and artists ever since. Join science writer Philip Ball in conversation with art historian Ed Juler and Matthew Jarron, curator of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, to explore the continuing influence of this underappreciated figure.
Tickets available through the Science Festival website
2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s hugely influential book, ‘On Growth and Form’. It has been widely admired by scientists, artists, architects and designers in the years since. Join an expert panel led by award-winning writer Philip Ball to discuss its legacy.
Book tickets via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-growth-and-form-100-years-of-an-extraordinary-book-tickets-29485097721?_eboga=832923893.1481621801
Hailed as “the greatest work of prose in twentieth century science”, On Growth and Form is almost certainly the most influential book ever written in Dundee. This illustrated talk by Matthew Jarron will examine the historical and scientific background to the book and explore the extraordinary influence that its ideas have had in such diverse fields as biomathematics, art, architecture, geography and cybernetics.
The 18th Congress of the International Society of Developmental Biology will be held in Singapore on 18-22 June 2017.
The meeting is particularly timely, since 2017 marks the centenary of the publication of “On Growth and Form”, D’Arcy Thompson’s visionary treatise on the mathematical basis of morphogenesis. To mark this historical event, the programme for the ISDB 2017 Congress will include a spotlight on morphogenesis and mathematical modelling. There will also be sessions on the epigenetics and cell biology of development, as well as regenerative biology and the link between developmental processes and human disease. Apart from the Nobel Laureates, the invited speakers include some of the world’s most influential scientists, such as Jim Smith, Head of Strategy at the UK’s Medical Research Council and Vijay Raghavan, Secretary of the Indian Department of Biotechnology. We expect this to be the ‘must attend’ meeting in 2017 for developmental biologists from around the world.
(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore
50 Kent Ridge Cres, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119279
Marking the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth & Form, the symposium aims to unite the field of mechanobiology, by bringing together world-leading experts in the generation and sensing of forces from the molecular scale to the organismal scale. An important emphasis will be the combination of physics and computer modelling with molecular genetics and live-imaging in vitro or in vivo. The field is currently expanding rapidly and we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of this progress as well as aiming to capitalise on the opportunities for new collaborations.
On this day 100 years ago the journal Nature received an advance review copy of On Growth and Form – now they’re celebrating with a centenary special which will be available free online for one month, along with other relevant items from their archives....
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Some of the anniversary activities have been covered by the New Scientist in a feature by their culture editor Simon Ings. It includes a spotlight on our on-going project to create 3D scans of some of D’Arcy’s original specimens. Read the article here and...
The anniversary year has only just begun and already we know of several major conferences taking place around the world that will include sessions celebrating the impact of On Growth and Form. They include: CAA conference, New York on 18 Feb MBI Emphasis Workshops,...
The biology journal Development is planning a special issue titled “On Growth and Form – 100 years on”. This special issue will be guest edited by L. Mahadevan (Harvard University) working alongside Editor Thomas Lecuit, and is scheduled for publication in late...
The Edinburgh City Art Centre exhibition A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science & the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson is now open and looks great! Lots of events coming up to accompany it – check out the Events calendar on this site for more...
In preparation for the centenary, a new Dutch translation of On Growth and Form has just been published by Meromorf Press. The book (based on the standard abridged edition) will be available in Dutch bookshops soon, and will also be sold on Amazon in both printed and...
The first major event of the centenary starts on 19 November when the Edinburgh City Art Centre opens a special exhibition of art inspired by D’Arcy Thompson. A Sketch of the Universe features art acquired by the University of Dundee Museum Services for the D’Arcy...
Welcome to the new On Growth and Form 100 website. The launch of the site marks an exciting step forward in our plans to celebrate the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s extraordinary book, which has influenced so many people in many different walks of life. On this site...