Pattern insight + emergence

Delving beneath the surface of life at Patternity Studio

Continuing our celebration of the omnipresent and unifying nature of pattern – we bring together interviews with our network of specialists, new PATTERNITY STUDIO projects updates, event information and focussed research articles on life’s many patterns on and beneath the surface. For specific information regarding PATTERNITY research, studio projects or events please contact press@patternity.org


A mathematician and scientist has described how “brain waves pattern themselves after the rhythms of nature”. Jack Cowan has undertaken research that highlights the similarities in the way that the brain behaves and reacts and the reactions of everyday molecules. His latest findings show that the same mathematical tools physicists use to describe the behaviour of subatomic particles and the dynamics of liquids and solids can now be applied to understanding how the brain generates its various rhythms.
Cowan has also investigated other patterns in the brain, beginning to explain visual hallucinations and how the visual cortex obtained its stripy appearance.

Learn more about Jack Cowan’s research and the patterns that reoccur throughout the living world…

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A London exhibition opening this week will explore the patterns found inside iron meteorites. Artist duo Casey Moore and Claire Alexander will exhibit macro photographs of space debris from the Natural History Museum in London and the Museum of Auckland, some of which have been worked into with Alexander’s intricate drawings…

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Dramatic landscapes in the sky were documented by Jakob Wagner, who flew over the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas, to capture the dream-like spaces.

The different cloud formations vary depending on climate: some are spiralling fractal shapes where others crack and blister across the horizon, highlighting the uniqueness and ever-changing beauty of the world above our heads…

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German photographer Andrea Grützner captured women partaking in Tanztee’s, or Tea Dances. Grützner focused on the bright and clashing patterns worn by the ladies, and captured the similarity of their chosen outfits – the jewellery, the watches.

The close crops on the fabrics hint at the personalities of the dancers and gives us an intimate view of this traditional pastime…

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Today on the 19th Februrary, as we celebrate the Lunar New Year – The Year of the Goat– we take a look at NASA’s compelling new imagery of the dark side of the moon, the side which cannot be seen from Earth. The lesser-known face features one of the largest craters in the solar system, the South-Pole Aitken Basin, which is over 8 miles deep and an impressive 1,6000 miles wide.

The video uses data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to reveal the magnificent landscape…

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Geological Map of Part of the Appennine-Hadley Region of the Moon. Scale: 1:50,000. Here, large areas of  basalt and mountain debris are highlighted. The Apennine Mountains form a 15,000 cliff that rises higher above the Hadley plain than the Himalayan front above the plains of India and Nepal and is the region where Apollo 15 landed in 1971. Source: U.S Geological Survey

Apollo 14′s voyage to the moon, the third in NASA’s history, carried some more earthly cargo. Astronaut Stuart Roosa, who used to work at the US. Forest Service, stowed hundreds of seeds from five different trees : Loblolly Pine, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Redwood, and Douglas Fir, in an experiment to measure the effects of weightlessness and the conditions of space on germinating life…

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