After Dark Online: Fractals

Thursday, March 11, 2021 • 7:00 p.m. PST

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join via YouTube or Facebook

From forests to farms and skies to shores, we’re surrounded by fractals. These infinitely complex patterns, which emerge from repeating a simple process over and over, are aesthetically astonishing and a valuable tool for creating meaning from chaos. Tonight, practice your pattern recognition as we dig into fractals—where they show up in nature, how they can be used to understand scientific concepts, and their role in aiding predictions. Then indulge in some celebration of this phenomenon's exceptional beauty. 

This program features:

Join Alex Berke, author of Beautiful Symmetry: A Coloring Book About Math, in exploring the beauty of fractals and other infinite patterns through drawing and interactive animations. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy to draw along!

Explore the hypnotic fractal landscapes crafted by visual artist Julius Horsthuis. Since 2013, Horsthuis has crafted several fractal shorts using the software Mandelbulb 3D. Tonight we’ll feature two pieces: Emergence, a short that merges organic landscapes with geometric structures, and a poetic fractal exploration, Our Fractal Brains.

How do humans perceive fractals—and why are we so attracted to them? Hear from Kelly Robles, PhD candidate at the University of Oregon’s Department of Psychology, about her research into fractals and our brains.