The Practical Applications of Math

Live performance
Toronto, 2007


I delivered a humourous lecture-based performance in order to elaborate on the conviction that mathematics is relevant to the everyday lives of artists and all of us. While covering a large chalk-board with absurd computations, and in an effort to rescue math from an imaginary discourse of defensiveness, I described how mathematics can support and explain everything from gambling and baking, to space, time, and death. To complete the 20-minute lecture, I answered planted questions, and demonstrated how homological algebra could make flames come out of my hands.

The work was performed at the Power Plant in Toronto in 2007.

Exhibition History
  • The Power Plant, The Practical Applications of Math, new performance and artist talk curated by Helena Reckitt, live component of winter programming, 2007, Toronto
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