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Carol Bier

January 10 - January 24, 2004

Carol Bier, a scholar focused on the intersections of art and mathematics, explored mathematical aspects of Islamic art that inform a beauty of form, pattern and structure. As the first Scholar-in-Residence at Shangri La, she studied and documented the uses of symmetry, geometric constructions and algorithms in Islamic art. During her residency, she presented a public lecture, "Islamic Art at Shangri La: Playing with Form and Structure," at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in collaboration with Dave Masunaga, who teaches mathematics and design science at 'Iolani School in Honolulu. Shangri La staff and guests participated in a reading of Bier's play "Arabesques: Time in Space," which addresses the conceptualization of space. Bier is a Research Associate at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. where she served as curator of Eastern Hemisphere collections from 1984 – 2001.

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