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CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP TOPICS, AND EXHIBITION ITEMS
NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL
Third Interdisciplinary Symmetry Congress and Exhibition of the
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY OF SYMMETRY (ISIS-SYMMETRY)
August 14 - 20, 1995 Old Town Alexandria (near Washington, D.C.) U.S.A. _________________________________________________________
FIELDS OF INTEREST SYMMETRY: NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL
The congress and exhibition present a broad interdis- ciplinary forum where the representatives of various fields in art, science, and technology may discuss and enrich their experience. The concept "symmetry", having roots in both art and science, helps to use a "common language" for this purpose. The new "bridges" between disciplines could inspire further ideas in the original field of participants, as well as may facilitate the adaptation of existing ideas and methods from one field to another. The title of the congress emphasizes the presence of symmetry (dissymmetry, broken symmetry) both in nature and in the objects created by artists, scientists, engineers.
Exhibition: Ars Scientifica
There have been several exhibitions representing the specific impact of certain fields of science and tech- nology on art, but ISIS-Symmetry has initiated a reg- ular forum for a broader interface of art and science. The exhibition will consist of two parts: a professional exhibition and an informal one, based on the objects illustrating the lectures given by the participants. Some workshops will be conducted in the exhibition rooms. SPECIAL INTERESTS of Ars Scientifica are, among others: kaleidoscopes, polyhedra, model designs, new media. _________________________________________________________
CALL FOR PAPERS
A lecture proposal should include a maximum 4-page extended abstract in a camera ready version. Keeping in mind the interdisciplinary goals of the congress and composition of the participants, please, try to help the readers outside of your main discipline e.g., by explaining some special concepts, using intu- itive approaches, or giving comprehensive tables and illustrations. The extended abstracts should either (a) describe concrete interdisciplinary "bridges" between different fields of art, science, and technology using the concept of symmetry; or (b) survey the importance of symmetry in a concrete field with an emphasis on possible "bridges" to other fields. Note, please, that the central topic of the present congress "Symmetry: Natural and Artificial" opens a wider door towards technological applications. Papers discussing links between any form of symmetry-asymmetry phenomenon or law in nature on one side and artistic, technical achievements on the other are preferred. Please, consider that the meetings of ISIS-Symmetry are in- formal ones and do not substitute for the disciplinary conferences, only supplement them with a broader perspective.
The extended abstracts should be submitted in 2 copies, mailed 1 - 1 to G. Darvas and D. Nagy, on A4 or letter size pages, printed on one side of each sheet, with at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins both sides, top and bottom, double spaced, 12-point characters.
Sample: TITLE WITH CAPITAL LETTERS
[two line-spaces] Joe Symmetrist and Josephine Asymmetrist Department of Dissymmetry, Fibonacci University San Symmetrino, SY 12358, Symmetryland E-mail: email@example.com [two line-spaces]
The text should be printed in one column. Figures (black-and-white only) may interrupt the text. Please avoid to use any other heading (e.g., "Extended Abstract", "submitted to ..."). Page numbers should be marked with pencil.
References [at the end of the abstract] Alphabetical order, full bibliographic description.
For more details refer to the "Instructions for contributors" in the journal "Symmetry: Culture and Science".
CALL FOR EXHIBITION ITEMS
Items for the exhibitions should be introduced in the same form as lecture-abstracts on A4 or letter size sheets, in black-and-white camera ready, reproducible version. Please mark with pencil at the top of the sheet: (EXHIBITION). Short description and/or explana- tion of the items, as well as connection to the main theme of the congress and exhibition are preferred. Please, give the dimensions of each item. Art works, models, demonstration materials, etc. are welcome, e.g., in the following sections: Kaleidoscopes, Poly- hedral symmetry, The beauty of molecules, Aesthetics of man-made constructions, Mechanical structures inspired by nature: Artificial and natural structures, Design principles, New Media. Proposals for further sections are encouraged.
CALL FOR WORKSHOP TOPICS
Please give the approximate title, short description (how do you imagine to organize the workshop), other expected/proposed contributors, etc. Proposals emphasizing interactions, mediated by symmetry, between different disciplines; science, art, and technology; cultural origins, and relying upon the interest of participants with different background, are preferred.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR EVENING ACTIVITIES OR PERFORMANCES
Music, dance, video, laser, etc. programs are welcome. Please submit your proposals, similar to the lecture abstracts, with descriptions of the feasibility and the technical requirements. (Formal requirements are the same as above for papers.) Please mark with pencil at the top of the sheet: (PERFORMANCE), (VIDEO), etc., respectively. _________________________________________________________
of application and short description of contribution and other proposals:
December 15, 1994;
of submitting final (camera ready) versions of the extended abstracts:
March 31, 1995. _________________________________________________________
ISIS-Symmetry organized its first congress and exhibi- tion "Symmetry of Structure" in Budapest, Hungary (August 1989), while the second one "Symmetry of Patterns" was held in Hiroshima, Japan (August 1992). This forthcoming triennial congress and exhibition will be hosted in a third continent.
ISIS-Symmetry events demonstrate the emphasis on internationality and interdisciplinarity. Indeed, the Society has members in 41 countries, in all continents, and its main purpose is to bridge art and science (different disciplines), East and West (different cul- tures). Backgrounds of the members of the Society represent various fields of science, art, and technology. Their activity is linked by the concept of symmetry. Application of symmetry is also a general tool and method influencing and fertilizing the creative thinking of each other.
The focus of ISIS-Symmetry is not only on the concept of symmetry, but also its associates (asymmetry, dissymmetry, antisymmetry, etc.) and related concepts (proportion, rhythm, invariance, etc.).
THE FORMAT OF THE CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION
The tradition, initiated by ISIS-Symmetry, to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogues among scientists, engineers, and artists will be continued. There will be no parallel sections (which would lead to disciplinary separation of the participants), but each morning there will be plenary sessions, while the main ideas will be discussed and developed in afternoon workshops. For the evenings there are scheduled performances and informal meetings, including recreational, and "ars scientifica" programs.
The working language of the congress is English.
The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Congress and Exhibition is the Board of ISIS-Symmetry.
BOARD OF ISIS-SYMMETRY
President: D. Nagy (Tsukuba); Honorary Presidents: K. V. Frolov (Moscow), Y. Ne'eman (Tel-Aviv); Vice-Presidents: A. L. Loeb (Cambridge, MA), S. V. Petukhov (Moscow); Executive Secretary: G. Darvas (Budapest);
Regional Chairpersons: AFRICA: P. Gerdes (Mozambique); AMERICAS: U. D'Ambrosio (Brazil), R. V. Jean (Canada), W. S. Huff (U.S.A.), N. Toth (U.S.A.); ASIA: Da-Fu Ding (China), Le-Xiao Yu (China), K. Trivedi (India), H. Bruen (Israel), J. Rosen (Israel), Y. Kajikawa (Japan), K. Matsuno (Japan); AUSTRALIA AND OCEANIA: L. Bursill (Australia), J. Tent (Fiji), M. C. Corballis (New Zealand), I. F. Helu (Tonga); EUROPE: P. Huybers (Benelux), R. I. Kostov (Bulgaria), V. Kopsky (Czech Republic), P. Szekely (France), A. Dress (Germany), T. Hahn (Germany), M. Szoboszlai (Hungary), G. Caglioti (Italy), J. Rebielak (Poland), J. Lima-de-Faria (Portugal), S. Marcus (Romania), V. A. Koptsik (Russia), T. Wester (Scandinavia), C. Schwabe (Switzerland), M. Harris (U.K.), A. Hill (U.K.), S. Jablan (Yugoslavia);
Program Chairpersons: L. Beke (Hungary), I. Sakane (Japan), D. R. Hofstadter (U.S.A.), S. P. Kurdyumov (Russia), P. Klein (Germany), K. Mainzer (Germany);
Project Chairpersons: E. D. M. Pimenta (Portugal), W. Hahn (Germany), J. Mozrzymas (Poland), K. Miyazaki (Japan), T. Goranson (U.S.A.), B. Zaslow (U.S.A.), H. Lalvani (U.S.A.), S. K. Heninger, Jr. (U.S.A.), G. Stiny (U.S.A.), K. Miura (Japan), T. Tarnai (Hungary);
Liaison Persons: A. Akers, S. G. Davies, B. Gruber, A. Kalman, R. F. Malina, T. Ogawa, R. Takaki, D. Sharp, E. Tusa.
CONTACT PERSONS (for the Congress and Exhibition)
America: Martha Pardavi-Horvath, Site Coordinator George Washington University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Washington, D.C. 20052, U.S.A. Phone: 1-202-994-5516; Fax: 1-202-994-5296 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Europe: Gyorgy Darvas, Executive Secretary, ISIS-Symmetry Symmetrion - The Institute for Advanced Symmetry Studies P.O. Box 4, Budapest, H-1361 Hungary Phone: 36-1-131-8326; Fax: 36-1-131-3161 E-mail: email@example.com
Asia: Denes Nagy, President, ISIS-Symmetry Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba Tsukuba Science City, Ibaraki-ken 305, Japan Phone: 81-298-53-6786; Fax: 81-298-53-5205 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ********************************************************* APPLICATION FORM
Please send it to: Gyorgy Darvas Executive Secretary of ISIS-Symmetry E-mail: email@example.com (or) Mail: Symmetrion P.O. Box 4 Budapest H-1361 Hungary
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