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Fractals: Organic Sacred Geometry in Life, Nature, and Art

By Béa Aaronson

Everything is linked. Ever wondered what is at the core of it all? What links the universe, us, DNA, broccoli, a baobab, lightning, blood vessels, nervous system, brains, corals, cabbages, desert cracked soil, elephant skin, mountain ranges, paper folds, a leaf, a wave, a snow flake, 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 wallpaper, 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
Mon, Jan 25, 4pm
The Jewish Cultural Center of San Miguel, the JC3
Calle de Las Moras 47, corner Cinco de Mayo
For reservations, call 415 185 9191
or email
130 pesos members/150 pesos non-members

Our understanding of Chaos Theory is moving away from randomness and disorder, toward a higher form of organic order, an order of disorder, if you like, 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 bring to 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 Mandel Brot’s fractal geometry, I shall then show you hundreds of illustrations from the world around us and within us to illustrate his perception of life and the universe. I will link the natural world to architecture, applied arts, and figurative and non-figurative art. We shall look with a totally 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 with the comparisons, mesmerized with the power of fractal geometry. You will hopefully acquiesce to my perception of artistic endeavor as yet another ramification of the primordial core of life, which the Jewish scientist-philosopher Mandel Brot understood and visualized as a self-replicating, self-similar, 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 which will open your eyes, minds, and souls to something quite huge, way beyond ourselves, notwithstanding the amazing beauty arising from this organic process.


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