*Love and Math*, 2013, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2013 MoMA PS1, New York.

Existential Love and Math with Edward Frenkel and Laurent Derobert
2:00–3:30 p.m. · VW Dome

Love and math do not often come hand in hand. This event brings together these two concepts, to reveal a side of math we seldom see, one that is suffused with the beauty of a work of art. Renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel and groundbreaking artist Laurent Derobert contemplate the passion, emotion, and infinite possibilities of mathematics. The presentations, followed by a discussion moderated by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Coffin, are bound to change your perception of math—and possibly of love as well.

Frenkel is a mathematics professor at University of California, Berkeley. He co-directed and starred in the acclaimed film Rites of Love and Math and is the author of new book Love and Math. Frenkel seeks to expose mathematics to everyone and demonstrate that a mathematical formula, like art, can evoke love.

Derobert’s project Existential Mathematics attempts to express the search for happiness through the language of mathematics. The models of passion developed by Derobert are mathematical translations of the pursuit of love.

raw|measure with A.E. Zimmer and Mitch Moore
4:00–6:00 p.m. · VW Dome

Writer A.E. Zimmer and filmmaker Mitch Moore present raw|measure: a serial collaboration in film, language, and live action. A rhythmic, linked series of vignettes considers the geometric, derivative, and algorithmic in sensual life. The event itself explores energetically what a “live experience of love” can mean when mathematical properties demand our connectedness to Physical Law.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programs Coordinator.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.