Join the Fractal Foundation and Rio Grande Farms for a fractastic evening on Saturday May 11 featuring fulldome fractals set to great electronic music. And local beer! It’s a benefit show for the the Rio Grande Farm’s Maize Maze later this summer… which will be a giant fractal!
Students in the Greater Albuquerque Area - please enter the 4th Annual Fractal Challenge!
Simply download the free “Xaos” software, make a beautiful fractal and send it to us. The deadline is April 1’st (no fooling!)
See the full Submission Guidelines.
Winning fractals will be featured in the First Friday Fractal planetarium shows, and may be reproduced on the sides of building as gigantic public artworks!
Please join us on Friday March 1st from 6-8PM for a free family-friendly fractal event at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque.
Our Fractal Ambassadors will be leading hands-on Fractivities, including making collaborative fractal triangles, 3D sculptures, and fractal paper cutouts. Student-made digital fractal artwork will be on display, including some of the winners of the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge. There will also be interactive computer-generated fractal projections, and participants will be able to zoom in and create never-ending fractal patterns using simple algebraic equations. The activities are fun for all ages, and showcase the interconnections between science, math and art.
Additionally, there will be many other artistic happenings at the Harwood that evening, so come out and have a great time!
Many thanks to our volunteer Fractal Ambassadors, Escuela del Sol, the Harwood Art Center, and the City of Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund for helping make this event possible!
Thanks everyone who attended, participated, and especially volunteered at the Butterfly Effect event! Over 750 people came to the Harwood Art Center in ABQ, and celebrated fractals, creativity, and the power of small changes to make big impacts.
Some highlights included:
This event was jointly produced by the Fractal Foundation, the Harwood Art Center, and Escuela del Sol Montessori School. Best of all - the event was absolutely FREE, thanks to generous support from Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund and Albuquerque Community Foundation.
The fundamental lesson of Chaos Theory is that small changes early on can lead to big differences over time — just as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings may help lead to a hurricane many years later. This is a powerful, inspiring and optimistic lesson for us. How can we make a difference in the world, when any one of us is only one seven-billionth of humanity? We are able to because of the interconnectedness of the complex systems we live in. Any one of us does indeed have the power to make a profound impact that ripples outward and touches everything.
This is why are producing The Butterfly Effect - an annual event embodying creative possibility for people of all ages - overlapping the exhibits of established, successful and emerging adult artists with those of Escuela del Sol Elementary students’ fractal-inspired artwork. This is why will provide hands-on experiences making fractals and fractal art for all who attend. This is why we mix science, math, and art, to create unexpected, beautiful, and world-changing ideas. And this is why, on the same night, The Harwood Studio Artists open their collective doors to the public. Come. See where and how art happens.
We are organizing this dynamic and multi-generational event to inspire our audiences, artists, and students alike - offering insights in to the wonders and potentials of creative paths. It takes time, patience, and even a certain amount of faith to know that the things we embrace today will shape the world many years from now; this the inspirational lesson that the butterfly can teach us all.
Thanks everyone who came out for a night of Family Fractal Fun at the…
We are delighted and honored to have been invited to participate at both TEDxABQ in New Mexico, and TEDxBITSGoa in India.
See the video of “Fractals that Make Us” at TEDxABQ:
Following this very popular presentation at last year’s TEDxABQ event, we’re very excited to have a presence again at the upcoming TEDxABQ event on 9/10/11. We’ll be hosting a table, sharing the mind-expanding beauty of fractals with the conference attendees. Hope to see you there!
Also, please see the video of “Fractals: the Gateway to Transformation” at TEDxBITSGoa in India, on Feb 6, 2011.
We are very pleased to present the exciting “Fractals Rock!” program at the NM Museum of Natural History Planetarium. This show features all zooms with music and is highly engaging and dramatic. Less talk, more Fractals Rock!
There are 3 shows on the THIRD Friday of each month, at 6, 7 and 8 PM.
The award-winning First Friday Fractals will continue on its regular night, with 3 shows on the First Friday of the month.
On Sunday April 10, 2011, we built the world’s largest fractal triangle in the Albuquerque Convention Center. Almost 100 volunteers helped assemble the 192′ wide triangle - incredibly in just under 1 hour. Children from all over the world participated by creating triangles. See the full list of participating schools here.
This is a giant math project as well as a collaborative art project. The triangles are assembled in self-similar groups of three in the following sequence: 3, 9, 27, 81, 243, 729, 2187, 6561. One of the many math lessons people learn through this project is about exponents, and 6561 is 3 raised to the 8th power (3^8) or 3×3x3×3x3×3x3×3.
Many thanks to all the volunteers, all the children who made triangles, and to the Albuquerque Convention Center for graciously donating the exhibit hall for the Trianglethon!
We are very excited to announce the world premiere of our fulldome feature film “Fractals!” at the FulldomeUK conference on March 13, 2011. The show was very well received in England, and we are grateful for the support of the international audience. However, we are using feedback gained from this premiere to improve the show before releasing it publicly for distribution.
This 25-minute film s based on our award-winning live “First Friday Fractals” show that has sold out for the past 4 years at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science. We are eager to share this exciting, dramatic educational film with audiences around the world.
The show is being produced at 4K resolution, with a 5.1 surround soundtrack with narration in English that can be easily translated to other languages.
When complete, it will be available for licensing through our content distributer, Spitz Inc.
I had the great pleasure and privilege of being invited to share our work with fractals in India in February 2011. The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Goa hosted two exciting conferences, Quark2011 and the prestigious TEDxBITSGoa. I presented at both conferences, each of which were attended by over 1000 people.
Additionally, I gave a hands-on fractal-making workshop to about 75 students, where we explored making fractals with algebra using the free XaoS program, and we also made fractal triangles by hand to include in our Fractal Trianglethon project.
As I continue traveling around the world, I am struck by how everyone, young or old, American, European, Middle Eastern, Australian or Asian… everyone loves fractals!
A warm welcome to our many new Indian fractal fans!