The Vasarely Playhouse: Look and Combine!

Slavik Jablan and Kristóf Fenyvesi
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 633–636 Workshop Papers


Many of Victor Vasarely's (1906-1997) works are based on the modularity and construction of different visual objects from prefabricated basic elements. In this workshop we would like to illustrate a few of Vasarely's main visual concepts: the use of transparent elements in sculpture, the recombination of tiles for obtaining different patterns and the use of Op-art effects. For this we propose three constructions: production of a hypercube from a transparent hypercube net, 3D transparent Op-cubes by folding and gluing printed transparent elements, and an Op-tile game. Participants can thus explore the mathematical dimensions of Victor Vasarely's world and have a memorable glimpse of Jablan and Fenyvesi's collaboration on the field of experience-centered education of mathematics and the pragmatist aesthetics of interdisciplinarity.