A RIFF ON THE WAY TO STRUCTURE

April 1, 2007 § Leave a comment

Simons-Karrer

Construction crosses the natural-synthetic divide, for we are destined to build – temples and music and molecules – just as nature assembles its generous complexity. There be building blocks, propensities, but most assuredly the process is dynamic, a coming on and coming off, a riff on the way to rich structure.

Self-assembly is the subject of our evening. Molecular architect Shuguang Zhang, from MIT’s Center of Biomolecular Engineering, shows us how nature and we build on the molecular scale, from the bottom up. And Lisa Karrer and David Simons perform music that assembles and re-assembles itself in real time, triggering sounds in unpredictable ways, asking the listener to create their own connective tissues of meaning.

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