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Fractals: Organic Sacred Geometry In Life, Nature, And Art

By Béa Aaronson

Lightning, tree, human blood vessel interconnectedness system

Everything is linked…have you ever wondered what is at the core of it all? What links the universe, us, DNA, lightning, blood vessels, nervous systems, brains, corals, cabbages, elephant skin, mountain ranges, a leaf, a wave, a snowflake, a flower? Ever wondered about the similarities between tortoise shell patterns, spider webs, minerals, and tree trunks? Between Gothic, Islamic, and Buddhist architecture? Between Indian fabric designs, Art Nouveau wall paper, Celtic calligraphy, Persian rugs, and Tibetan mandalas? Fractals, my friends — fractals are the core of it all!

“Fractals: Organic Sacred Geometry in Life, Nature, and Art”
Wed, Dec 3, 4:30 and 6:30pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde Annex
San Jorge 45
Colonia San Antonio (off Refugio Sur)
130 pesos
Reservations: 121 1026 or

Our understanding of Chaos Theory is moving away from randomness and disorder, toward a higher form of organic order — an order of disorder — that drives and structures everything alive, and everything we humans have created: from hierarchical power structures, economics, and politics, to buildings, clothing, music, language, our very own thinking process, the Internet, and art. This lecture will give you an appreciation of our latest scientific discoveries, including nanotechnology, and will disclose how artists have consciously or unconsciously tapped into this organic “disordered order” process.

After a brief but substantial introduction to Benoit Mandelbrot’s fractal geometry, I shall then show you illustrations from the world around and within us that illustrate his perception of life and the universe. I will link the natural world to architecture, applied arts, figurative, and non-figurative art. We shall look with a different gaze at the work of Hokusai, Van Gogh, Dali, Escher, Mark Tobey, Pollock, George Mathieu, Roberto Matta, Hans Bellmer, Hans Hartung, Henri Michaux, Frans Kupka, and Piet Mondrian, to name but a few. You will be stunned by the comparisons, mesmerized by the power of fractal geometry, and perhaps acquiesce to my perception of artistic endeavor as yet another ramification of the primordial core of life. Mandelbrot visualized and understood as a self-replicating self-similarity organic process, based on the universal interconnectedness of a fragmented reality. I shall explain it all; do not worry!

With humility and astonishment, I invite you to discover the world of fractals, a world that will open your eyes, minds, and souls to something beyond ourselves, not withstanding the amazing beauty arising from this organic process.


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