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Creating the Conditions for Creativity

Creating the Conditions for Creativity
Torrance Festival of Ideas online event
Tuesday, April 18 at 2 PM


The demand for creative thinking and innovative problem-solving has never been higher, in business, in classrooms, and across our rapidly changing planet. This panel will explore the neuro-cognitive data on how creativity can be shaped by different spaces, from the height of our office ceilings to the design of VR and other digital spaces with which we interact, and how this impacts our cognitive agility for adapting to the future.


Guest speaker: Pireeni Sundaralingam, Neuro-Resilience Consulting
Elizabeth King, Ecology/Forestry
Mark Callahan, Art
Host: Anna Abraham, Torrance Center

Pireeni Sundaralingam has conducted cognitive research at M.I.T and Oxford as well as leading the research program at Silicon Valley’s Center for Humane Technology. As Principal Advisor on Human Potential at the United Nations Museum, she spearheaded strategy on behavior change around key global challenges, and is currently Interdisciplinary Catalyst at Oxford University’s oldest college, as well as founder and CEO of Neuro-Resilience Consulting.

Generative Garden

Generative Garden
April 9-27
C-U-B-E Gallery
Lamar Dodd School of Art

Exhibition opening: Sunday, April 9 from 5-8 PM

Artist talk: Thursday, April 13 at 2:30 PM

Stroll through a world of math & art

The Generative Garden lies at the intersection of math and art, digital and analog. With algorithm-driven artwork and mathematical visualizations comprising its flora, this garden is one you would normally encounter in the digital world. Brought into the physical world using a pen-plotter, though, the garden is overgrown with works that explore visualizations of scale and imperfections of the analog.

Drawn to the aesthetic qualities of algorithm-driven art, Sudhan Chitgopkar uses generative art to explore his recreational interests in math. After completing his studies in Computer Science and International Affairs at UGA, Sudhan will continue to explore his interests in optimization, simulation, and visualization while studying computational science at Harvard University.

Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Idea Lab Conversation: AI Future

Idea Lab Conversation: AI Future
Tuesday, April 4 at 2:30 PM
Main Art Building Room S360

How will artists use new technologies?

Join Eliana Gelman, Aryan Thakur, and Sudhan Chitgopkar for a conversation about their creative practices and Idea Lab-supported projects incorporating VR, AI, and robotics. Gelman and Thakur are co-creators of Treehouse Zine, an art publication exploring the intersection of virtual reality experience and storytelling. Chitgopkarā€™s project Towards Analog combines generative art and mathematics.

Torrance Festival of Ideas

2023 Torrance Festival of Ideas
Tuesday, April 18 – Thursday, April 20

Full schedule and registration:

The Torrance Festival of Ideas is a free annual online cultural and educational event where renowned experts from across disciplines present their innovative ideas to the global general public. This year the festival features unique perspectives on themes relevant to innovation, creativity, media, gaming, learning, storytelling, reading, imagination, science, AI, technology, aesthetics, literature, filmmaking, fashion, wellbeing, community health, mental health, aging, education, equality, pollution, conflict, and integrated design. Registration is free but limited to the first 1,500 attendees.

Idea Lab Conversation: Creative Placemaking

Idea Lab Conversation: Creative Placemaking
Thursday, March 16 at 2 PM
Main Art Building Room S360

How can collaborations in the arts promote community understanding?

Join Connie Frigo, a professor of saxophone and co-founder of the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic, a partnership between UGA and the local Hip Hop community. She is an organizer of interdisciplinary arts events with a focus on the creative process, social justice advocacy, and community engagement.

The Idea Lab student organization is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

Math & Design Interest Meeting

Pop Up Math & Design Exhibition Interest Meeting
Thursday, February 23 at 2 PM
Main Art Building Room S360

The Pop Up Math & Design Exhibition at UGA brings together art and math students to collaboratively design objects, visualizations, and interactive experiences of mathematics with a focus on topology. In topology, objects can stretch, twist, bend, and deform freely; to a topologist, a twisted rubber band and a circle are the same. With no fixed “shape” to speak of, mathematicians and artists can make creative choices of how to best represent these intriguing objects. Join us and explore an amazing world of knots, higher dimensions, and wild spaces. All undergraduates with a background in math, the arts, or design are welcome to join.