ISIS-Symmetry conference in Haifa

Robert Wechsler (r.wechsler@rzmail.uni-erlangen.de)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 16:27:39 +0100

What is the symmetry between dance and music?

dear group:

it occurs to me this may be of interest to some of you.

if you have not heard of the International Symmetry for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Society (ISIS-Symmetry), then let me introduce you.

They publish a (in general esoteric, but sometimes quite enlightening)
Journal. And every few years they (we) have a conference. Palindrome are
members and performed at the last conference next to Washington DC, in 1995.
The next one is to be in Isreal is coming up this October. They are
remarkable collection people, including the remnants of Buckminster Fuller's
old crowd. Artists and Scientists in pretty much equal number. Always a
lot of wonderful people from the old "east". A very fun and extraordinarily
open group.

We plan to go again. If there are any questions, feel free to write me
(below) or Gyorgy Darvas: darvasg@helka.iif.hu; symmetry@mailhost.net
or the folks in Isreal: isis4@tx.technion.ac.il

Oh yes, important, the deadline for submissions etc. is pushed ahead. Just
contact them, you are NOT too late. (and, shhhh, for you starving artists,
the fees are, lets say, "flexible").

-robert

(Please, use wide margins to read!)


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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY OF SYMMETRY
(ISIS-SYMMETRY)
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President:
Denes Nagy, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba
Science City 305, Japan
Chairman of the Advisory Board:
Arthur L. Loeb, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.
Honorary Presidents:
Konstantin V. Frolov, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy
of Sciences, ul. Griboedova 4, 101830 Moscow, Russia; and
Yuval Ne'eman, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies,
Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel
Secretary General:
Gyorgy Darvas, Symmetrion, Budapest, P.O. Box 994, H-1245 Hungary;
-Institute for Research Organization of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
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THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL
CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION
OF ISIS-SYMMETRY

to be held at the
TECHNION I.I.T. - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
HAIFA 13 - 19 SEPTEMBER 1998

ORDER / DISORDER
ORGANIZATION AND HIERARCHY IN
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ART,
DESIGN, AND THE HUMANITIES

History & Context: The previous Congress and Exhibition of ISIS-Symmetry
`Symmetry: Natural and
Artificial' was held in Washington D.C., 14 - 20 August 1995. It was the
third in the series of the triennial
congresses organized and conducted by the `International Society for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry
(ISIS-Symmetry)', following the first in Budapest, 1989, and the 2nd in
Hiroshima, 1992. Hundreds of
scientists, re-searchers, artists, designers, engineers, and practitioners
from a variety of areas participated,
among them lead-ing figures in their fields. The fertile interaction which
developed among the participants of
these events is already evident.

Scope: The `Fourth ISIS-Symmetry Congress and Exhibition' will take place in
Israel, in September 1998. The
central topic of the conference will be: `ORDER / DISORDER' with an emphasis
on the phenomenon of
`morphological ORGANIZATION and HIERARCHY'. It is intended to continue the
decade-long activity and
dialogue between those concerned and interested in the subjects of symmetry
and order.

`Symmetry', a concept coined by the Greeks more than two millenia ago, has
since accompanied all aspects of
geometric and mathematical thought. It is central in classical arts and
art-related theory. Symmetry estab-
lished and forced itself on the thought and philosophy of western science,
to proclaim its modern era. It was
exhaustively researched and defined in the previous century (in mathematics
and crystallography), following
the recognition of the central role of the concept of structure, along with
its spatial connotations and nature.

"We came to realize that we can perceive anything only when we perceive its
structure and we think by
structural analogy and comparison.... The mystery that remains lies largely
in the nature of structural hier-
archy for the human mind can examine nature on many different scales
sequentially but not simultaneously."
(C. S. Smith, passed away Honorary Member of ISIS-Symmetry)

`Order / Disorder' is a fascinating interdisciplinary super-concept. Its
research has accelerated in the last few
decades: `Fractals' and `chaos' theory, which until recently considered
outside of any specific discipline,
became legitimate research topics. `Complex phenomena' - whether
cosmological or subatomic structures,
cities and human societies or diverse delicate ecosystems - are now
considered and treated within analogical,
philosophical frameworks. These are developed around general insights into
`the nature and morphology of
structure, meta-structure', and `their order and hierarchies'.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PANORAMA

These insights bridge across interdisciplinary boarders, discover
interconnections and common-denominators
between phenomena and processes and create a common ground for dialogue
which the forthcoming Congress
and Exhibition will try to encourage and to facilitate.

ART
DESIGN
HUMANITIES
PLANNING
SCIENCE
TECHNOLOGY
Anthropology Architecture Astrophysics Behavioural Science Biology
Biotechnology Chemistry Cinema City and Regional Planning Communication Systems
Computer Science Crystallography Dance Ecology Economic Planning
Education Electronics Engineering Fashion Design Gender Geography
Graphic Design Hermeneutics History Industrial Design Information Systems
Interdisciplinary Design Fields Linguistics Literature Man-Environment Sciences
Mathematics Medicine Military Planning Music Philosophy Physics
Poetry Political Sciences Polyaesthetics Psychology Social Planning
Sociology Stage Arts
Structures Textile Design Transportation Urban Design Visual Arts

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

(1) - Plenary session lectures and presentations by a selected group of
scientists,
scholars and artists;
- Short paper presentations, organized in subject-related parallel sessions;
- Concluding general session and discussions;
- Colloquia and workshops on conference-related topics.

(2) - Voluntary subject teams (time will be allocated).

(3) - Exhibition of original works of art;
- Exhibition of related visual material - 2D and 3D models of artistic and
scientific
character;
- Exhibition Poster presentations and discussions.

(4) - Social and cultural interaction and touristic events.

CALL FOR PAPERS / EXHIBITS / WORKSHOPS

Individuals or teams who wish to contribute a paper or an exhibit (artworks,
posters and/or models), who
propose to conduct a workshop or a colloquium on conference-related topics,
or wish to participate in the
coming event, are invited to submit:
- a preliminary abstract of the paper not exceeding 300 words; and/or
- a preliminary exhibit description, accompanied by
graphical-photographical information,
not exceeding two pages (one side only); and/or
- a suggested workshop or colloquium description, not exceeding two pages
(one side only).

ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS

Two copies of each preliminary abstract (suitable to judge the
scientific/artistic merit of the proposal) must be
delivered before the 31st of January 1998 to the `Congress Secretariat' and
the `President of ISIS-Symmetry'.
The following information must be provided on the first sheet of the
abstract, exhibit description, or the
workshop / colloquium description:
- Title of the abstract or the exhibit, workshop or colloquium.
- Full name and full address (incl. e-mail) of the author for correspondence.
- Max. 5 keywords (or discipline(s)) according to envisaged interdisciplinary
panorama.
- Space demand in the exhibiton.
- "4th ISIS-Symmetry Congress - ORDER AND DISORDER - ISRAEL 1998"
(by pencil on the top of the sheet).
- Designation - "Paper" or "Exhibit" or "Workshop" or "Colloquium" (by
pencil on
the top of the sheet).

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CONFERENCE LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference will be `English'. All texts should
be submitted in English.

KEY DATES OF THE CONFERENCE

31 January, 1998 Submission of preliminary abstracts, exhibits and
workshop descriptions
31 March, 1998 Acceptance notification
15 May Submission of final, 4 page, camera ready Extended Abstracts
6 September, 1998 Preferred date for material inclusion in the exhibition
13 September, 1998 Registration and opening of the congress and exhibition

REGISTRATION FEES

ISIS-S Non-
members members Students All

Before 1 June 1998 US $ 200 US $ 300 US $ 100
After 1 June 1998 US $ 250 US $ 350 US $ 100
Daily fee: US $ 60 US $ 80 US $ 30
Fee for accompanying persons: US $ 50
(includes welcome reception, access to conference, exhibition, performances)
Banquet (optional): US $ 50

VENUE

- The conference will be held on the campus of the TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE
OF TECHNOLOGY on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel.
- Services and accommodation will be available on campus during the
congress, in
modestly equipped student dormitories, for a nominal rate of US $ 22 (in a
double room) / US $ 29
(single).
- A selection of hotels, to suit the budget of all delegates will be
available in the Haifa
environs as well.
- A choice of tours, before and after the conference, covering historical,
religious and
natural sites will be arranged for interested participants and
accompanying persons.

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ORGANIZATION

Congress President Dan Shechtman

Honorary President Yuval Ne'eman

International Scientific and Artistic Committee of the Congress and Exhibition
The Board of ISIS-Symmetry + two invited persons:
Denes Nagy (President), Arthur L. Loeb (Chairman of the Advisory Board),
Konstantin V. Frolov (Honorary
President), Yuval Ne'eman (Honorary President), Gyorgy Darvas (Secretary
General), Martha Pardavi-Horvath
(Secretary), Janusz Rebielak (Secretary), Fred L. Bookstein, Siglind Bruhn,
Betty Collings, Liz Edwards, John
Hosack, Ruslan I. Kostov, Sergei V. Petukhov, Mihaly Szoboszlai, K. Miyazaki
(invited), B. Sackler (invited).

International Advisory Board of the Congress and Exhibition
The Advisory Board of ISIS-Symmetry + two invited persons:
Arthur L. Loeb (Chairman) Bulain Atalay (invited), Laszlo Beke, Oleg Bodnar,
Giuseppe Caglioti, Jose Luis
Caivano, Rene P. Felix, Paulus Gerdes, Ted Goranson, Istvçn Hargittai
(invited), Douglas R. Hofstadter,
William S. Huff, Fre Ilgen, Slavik V. Jablan, Peter Klein, Vladimir A.
Koptsik, Pedro C. Marijuan, Koichiro
Matsuno, Kuniaki Nagayama, Tohru Ogawa, Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta,
Caspar Schwabe, Jamie
Sheridan, Tibor Tarnai, Jan Tent, Einar Thorsteinn, Kirti Trivedi, Avraham
Wachman, Le-Xiao Yu.

Organizing Committee
Dan Shechtman (Chair), Avraham Wachman, Michael Burt, Tzila Shpitzer, Zvi
Har'el, Nima Geffen, Yehudit
Arnon, Ruth Lorand, Iris Aravot, Bilu Blich, Nir Buras (Congress secretary).

Program Committee
Avraham Wachman, Michael Burt, Yuval Ne'eman, Dalia Cohen.

Exhibition Committee
Michael Burt, Bilu Blich (Curator), Ariel Tibi, Ami Korren.

INTERNET

Please visit us on http://www.technion.ac.il/ isis4

CONTACT PERSONS:

Dan Shechtman (Chairman of the local Organizing Committee) c/o
Nir Buras (Congress Secretary)
Center for Architectural R&D, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning,
Technion, I.I.T., Haifa 32000, Israel
Phone: 972 4 829 4018 Fax: 972 4 829 4617
E-mail: isis4@tx.technion.ac.il

Denes Nagy (President, ISIS-Symmetry)
Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba,
Tsukuba, 305 Japan
Phone: 81 298 53 6786 Fax: 81 298 53 5205
E-mail: nagy@bukko.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp

Gyorgy Darvas (Secretary General, ISIS-Symmetry)
Symmetrion - The Institute for Advanced Symmetry Studies
18 Nador St. P.O.B. 994 Budapest, H-1245 Hungary
Phone: 36 1 131 8326 (until 20 November) Fax: 36 1 131 3161 (until 20 November)
36 1 331 8326 (after 20 November) 36 1 331 3161 (after 20 November)
E-mail: h492dar@ella.hu, symmetry@mailhost.net

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY OF SYMMETRY
(ISIS-SYMMETRY)
____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________
President:
Denes Nagy, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba
Science City 305, Japan
Chairman of the Advisory Board:
Arthur L. Loeb, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.
Honorary Presidents:
Konstantin V. Frolov, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy
of Sciences, ul. Griboedova 4, 101830 Moscow, Russia; and
Yuval Ne'eman, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies,
Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel
Secretary General:
Gyorgy Darvas, Symmetrion, Budapest, P.O. Box 994, H-1245 Hungary; -
Institute for Research Organization of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
____________________________________________________________________________
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THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
AND EXHIBITION OF ISIS-SYMMETRY

Chariman of the Organizing Committee: Dan Shechtman
Chariman of the Program Committee: Avraham Wachman

ORDER / DISORDER

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Budapest, (Nador u. 18) P.O. Box 994, H-1245 Hungary
Phone: 36-1-131-8326, Fax: 36-1-131-3161, E-mail: h492dar@ella.hu,
symmetry@mailhost.net
Bank Account: International Symmetry Foundation
Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank (1821 Budapest, Szt. Istvan ter 11.)
504-00004-2100-4015

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Gyorgy Darvas darvasg@helka.iif.hu; symmetry@mailhost.net
S Y M M E T R I O N - The Institute for Advanced Symmetry Studies
Address: c/o MTA KSZI; 18 Nador St., Budapest, H-1051 Hungary
Mailing address: P.O. Box 994, Budapest, H-1245 Hungary
Phone: 36 (1) 131-8326; 36 (1) 131-3975 Fax: 36 (1) 131-3161
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Robert Wechsler and Helena Zwiauer Phone: (49) 911-397472
Palindrome Dance Company Fax: (49) 911-397472
Johannisstr. 42 / 90419 Nčrnberg
HTTP://OURWORLD.COMPUSERVE.COM/HOMEPAGES/PALINDROME
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