Art and maths: the contemporary shift
Arts & Culture

Tue. April 2, 6:30PM

Art and maths: the contemporary shift

Join Michel Tombroff and Simon Brunfaut as they discuss how art and mathematics navigated the transition from modern to postmodern in the 1960s.

Art and mathematics have always enjoyed an intimate relationship, as illustrated by the works of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Béla Bartók, Bernar Venet, or Roman Opalka.  

Since the 1960s, however, this relationship has begun to weaken, and a certain distance has appeared between these two domains of human creativity. In his essay Zéro dièse existe / Art, mathématiques, inesthétique, Belgian artist Michel Tombroff investigates this divergence in the light of the rise of conceptual art.

Join us as Michel Tombroff and Simon Brunfaut take us on a journey to discover the reasons that led to the bifurcation between art and mathematics in the postmodern era. A conversation bringing together art, mathematics and philosophy.

The conference will be followed by a book signing session of Michel Tombroff’s essay, Zéro dièse existe / Art, mathématiques, inesthétique (Éditions Mimésis, 2024). 


Michel Tombroff

Michel Tombroff is a visual artist who lives and works in Brussels. He graduated in electrical engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and in theoretical computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His artistic research explores the links between questions of formalisation, subjectivity and aesthetics in art, mathematics and philosophy.


Simon Brunfaut

Simon Brunfaut is a journalist at L’Echo for the Culture and Opinion sections, editorial consultant at the RTBF and professor of philosophy at ESA Saint Luc.
Tue. April 2, 6:30PM
Tue. April 2, 8:30PM
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Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
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Detailed program

Tue. April 2, 6:30PM
Conference and Q&A
Tue. April 2, 7:00PM
Book signing
Tue. April 2, 8:00PM
Tue. April 2, 8:30PM