Monday, January 31, 2011

Hyperbolic Crochet Project

In our class we are studying hyperbolic crochet through projects generated by the Wertheim sisters behind the Institute for Figuring.

Here is a link to their fantastic website. 

 Look at my excitement with two very lovely hyperbolic crocheted pieces. The friendly grey one on my shoulder is a simple hyperbolic plane with an increase at one in every 3. The frilly cream one which I'm still working on is a pseudosphere with a rate of increase at one in every 6, graduating to one in every 3.

Here are some samples of other hyperbolic crochet works:

And here are a few other hyperbolic crochet links:

Gallery of Crocheted Hyperbolic Planes

And speaking of swarming ants....

A 4-minute portion of the 30-minute film "A Fire in My Belly," by artist David Wojnarowicz, 1990.

Robot/ Artificial Intelligence Swarms

A team of "swarm-bots" negotiates challenging terrain outside a laboratory in Brussels, Belgium. A red color ring tells others, "Grab me;" blue means "stay away." Scientists study ant colonies, bird flocks, mammal herds, and fish schools to understand the simple genius of such animal swarms. Robots that mimic this complex group behavior could prove useful in a number of human applications.
(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for "Swarm Theory," July 2007, National Geographic magazine)

Human swarms

Ancient Asian Human Swarms

The "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. The figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Begin Swarming

"Swarm" conjures up insects, reptiles, birds and creepy crawly things from nature