Our 3rd Expedition Series Workshop


Saturday March 24 & Sunday March 25, 10am – 5pm
$180 / $120 for students and unwaged (light lunch included)
Only 12 spaces available!
Register here

As part of our Expedition Series of workshops, Subtle Technologies is excited to be presenting this workshop with award winning physicist Stephen Morris at the University of Toronto.

This workshop explores the fascinating world of Nonlinear Physics as it relates to Pattern Formation. Stephen Morris’s research lab investigates examples of emergent, self-organized structures that occur in Nature. The workshop will look at the driving forces behind such patterns as ripples on blown sand, crack patterns in dried mud, spirals in oscillatory chemical reactions and ripples in icicles. The workshop will also introduce participants to the equipment and techniques used in the lab.

Robert Deegan from the University of Michigan will be a special guest in the workshop and will discuss his research into pattern formation  from exploding seed pods to the bizarre nonlinear physics of vibrating cornstarch.

Participants taking this workshop will have a new appreciation for the patterns of nature and the mechanisms which drive these formations. This workshop will be of special interest to artists, designers and architects; however it is accessible to all those who are curious about the art of natural phenomena. Join us for this very engaging and thought provoking weekend.

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.- Henri Poincaré


ArtScienceCamp2: marshmallows, swords, cognitive science, architecture, open data….

The second ArtScienceCamp happened over the weekend. The whole event felt full of energy and a serious attitude towards having fun. The first set of photos uploaded so far (taken by our wonderful volunteer photographers Gail Edwin-Fielding and Quirien Wijnberg; more photos to be uploaded soon) should give you a sense of how it was.

More than 100 people were there on the opening on Friday night to share their ideas for sessions while talking over a glass of wine.

Once we had all the ideas together, we collaborated on figuring out how to put them together to make Saturday’s schedule of events.

On Saturday, the fun began at 10am with a short taste of what it means to teach someone how to sword fight – among 6 different parallel sessions. The day was full of conversation on topics from cognitive science to architecture to open data, interspersed with activities like building marshmallow structures and horsing around in the photobooth.

It was fun to see a lot of U of T students joining in. Typical end-of-day comments expressed a pleasant state of exhaustion from the quantity of new ideas and intensity of the conversations.

Thanks again to our sponsors, our coorganizers and volunteers, and especially to Zoe Dille and the staff at Hart House for making this whole fantastic day possible.

We’re looking forward to next year already!