In transition - Mathematics and art

Kirsi Peltonen*

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Aalto University has been able to create a fruitful frame for activities enhancing interaction between mathematics, art and architecture. One of the most recent highlights of this progress was a student exhibition titled ‘IN TRANSITION – Mathematics and Art’ [12] at Espoo Cultural Centre [9]. The exhibition was further extended to the Aalto Math&Arts exhibition in Shanghai ([3],[25]). In this paper we describe our long-lasting open-minded collaboration to build a minor in Mathematics and Arts that is useful from freshmen to PhD students across the conventional barriers between disciplines. A dialogue between scientific and artistic practices break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena in the field to the level of human experience. Challenges and future scenarios are discussed broadly. Some ideas about the present state of Aalto Math and Arts can be found in [2].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-669
Number of pages27
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Exhibition
  • Low-dimensional geometry and topology
  • Mathematics


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