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2014 News in Brief



Art and Science of Spider Webs

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Saraceno's collaborative installationIn an evening event on Sept. 25 at the MIT Museum, Professor Markus Buehler and visiting artist Tomás Saraceno will discuss their work on materials and structures inspired by the intricate geometry of spider webs. Buehler will explain the molecular structure of the proteins in spider’s silk, and how art and engineering can function as mutually beneficial modes of discovery and as complementary representations of complex structure-property relationships. Saraceno will envision using music, light and sensors to visualize the incredible structural properties of spider silk. Structural engineer John Ochsendorf, Professor of CEE and Architecture, will moderate the panel, which is sponsored by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. Read about the artist: and the work on biomimicry: