Sunday Sessions

Love and Math

Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Existential Love and Math with Edward Frenkel and Laurent Derobert

2–3:30 PM · VW Dome

 Watch video of "Existential Love and Math"

Love and math do not often come hand in hand. This event brings together
these two concepts, to reveal a side of math we seldom see, one that is
suffused with the beauty of a work of art. Renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel and groundbreaking artist Laurent Derobert contemplate the passion, emotion, and infinite possibilities of mathematics. The presentations, followed by a discussion moderated by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Coffin, are bound to change your perception of math—and possibly of love as well.

Frenkel is a mathematics professor at University of California, Berkeley. He co-directed and starred in the acclaimed film Rites of Love and Math and is the author of new book Love and Math. Frenkel seeks to expose mathematics to everyone and demonstrate that a mathematical formula, like art, can evoke love.

Derobert’s project, Existential Mathematics attempts to express the search for happiness through the language of mathematics. The models of passion developed by Derobert are mathematical translations of the pursuit of love.

TICKETS — $10 in advance / $12 day-of. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

raw|measure with A.E. Zimmer and Mitch Moore

4–6 PM · VW Dome

Writer A.E. Zimmer and filmmaker Mitch Moore present raw|measure: a serial collaboration in film, language, and live action. A rhythmic, linked series of vignettes considers the geometric, derivative, and algorithmic in sensual life. The event itself explores energetically what a “live experience of love” can mean when mathematical properties demand our connectedness to Physical Law.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programs Coordinator.


Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

From top: Edward Frenkel and Reine Graves. Rites of Love and Math (Film Still). 26 min. HD Colour with 5.1 surround sound. 2012. Courtesy the artist; Raw Measure. Courtesy Mitch Moore.


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