Symmetry Festival – 2019

24-28 July 2019, Karlsruhe

The World’s Largest
Multidisciplinary Conference & Art Festival
in Symmetry Studies

under the auspices of the
International Symmetry Association

Hosted by the

Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
video introduction
in cooperation with the

Bauhaus 100 anniversary
Bauhaus (1919-1933)

Contact persons:
on behalf of ISA: Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya
on behalf of the ZKM: Wolfgang Knapp

Welcome to Karlsruhe (video, 4:48 min)
Karlsruhe, a symmetric city  (video, 5:23 min)

Confirmed Keynote and Plenary speakers:

Siglind Bruhn

Siglind Bruhn is a music analyst/musicologist, concert pianist, and interdisciplinary scholar. A Life Research Associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities, she has published more than 30 book-length monographs and five anthologies, focusing on the concert and operatic music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in its relationship to literature, the fine arts, and religion.

In 2001 she was elected to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008 she received an honorary doctorate from Linnaeus University, Sweden. As a pianist, Siglind started concertizing at the age of 13 and has since given solo and chamber music recitals in twenty-three countries on all five continents. She has recorded extensively with classical radio stations in several countries and can be heard on two LPs and four CDs.

Chaim Goodman-Strauss

Professor Chaim Goodman-Strauss works at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences of the University of Arkansas.

He is a specialist in convex geometry, especially aperiodic tiling, and with John H. Conway he wrote “The Symmetries of Things”, a book surveying the mathematical theory of patterns.

Matthew He

Matthew He, Ph.D., Full Professor and Assistant Dean of the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is an editor of International Journal of Biological Systems, International Journal of Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence, and International Journal of Integrative Biology. He is the book editor of Advances in Bioinformatics and its Applications of World Scientific Publishing.

He is a series editor of Biomedical and Life Sciences of Henry Stewart Talk on “Using Bioinformatics in Exploration in Genetic Diversity.” He serves as a member of International Advisory Board of “International Symmetry Association (ISA).

Lynn Gamwell

Lynn Gamwell is lecturer in the history of art, science, and mathematics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Her books include “Exploring the Invisible” (Princeton, 2002), which George Steiner named Book of the Year for the Times Literary Supplement, and “Mathematics and Art” (Princeton, 2017).

Sergey Petukhov

Professor Sergey Petukhov works in biophysics and bioinformatics.

He is awarded with Soviet Union State prize (1986). He is head of the Laboratory of Biomechanical Systems of the Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a leading researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Musical Creativity of the Moscow State Conservatory.

Konstantin Zenkin

Professor Konstantin Zenkin is a Russian pianist and theoretic of music.

He is a Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s vice rector for academic studies and an author of a number of books and articles about European music of the 19th -20th centuries, philosophy of music and piano performance art.

Reiko Kuroda

Prof Reiko Kuroda is a specialist in Chemistry, Spectroscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Molecular Biology and Developmental Biology.

She works in the Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science. She is Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Haresh Lalvani

Dr. Haresh Lalvani is a sculptor, inventor, architect, designer, morphologist, visual mathematician, and professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York.

He is also affiliated with The Structural Morphology Group (European-based), the International Association of Shell and Space Structures, the Japan Institute of Hyperspace Science, and ISIS-Symmetry (Hungary).

He was awarded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institute for Architectural Education, and worked as an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and as the Co-Director of the Center for Experimental Structures at the School of Architecture, Pratt Institute.

Our host:

Peter Weibel
Artist, curator and theoretician
Director of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
invitation (2016) (video 6:42 min)

Our worldwide symmetry events in the past:


  • International Scientific Conference, including Talks and Workshops
  • Art Exhibits
  • Concerts
  • Performances and Movies
  • Family Day (28 July) and Public Programs
  • Teacher Programs and Book Shows