order of operations

What does it mean to teach and learn mathematics? Why is it so often perceived as an abstract subject, disconnected from reality, when actually it is the basic formalism humans created to understand everything in the universe, if not the very nature of the universe itself?
Do these barriers exist because of the language and codes themselves that we use to talk about mathematics, and consequently to teach it?
Is it possible to experience mathematics, moving beyond the printed pages of school textbooks and classroom blackboards?

Starting from these premises, Order of Operations unfolds in the vast space existing at the crossroad between artistic representations and mathematical objects, presenting the works of Belgian and international artists who – more or less consciously, more or less deliberately – have created pieces that make us experience maths in different ways.

Order of Operations is an artistic-scientific exhibition gathering sculpture, digital arts, sound art, creative coding, engineering and pedagogy to explore possibilities, suggest reflections and start conversations about the role the arts can play in a more integrative approach to mathematics education.



Amandine David (FR/BE) | Sabina Hyoju Ahn (KR/AT) | Anne Teresa de Keesmaeker/Rosas (BE) | LAb[au] (BE) | Robert J. Lang (USA) | Philippe Leblanc (BE) | Joanie Lemercier (FR/BE) | Momoko Noguchi (JP) | Ohme (BE) | Rybn (FR) | Guillaume Schweicher (BE) | Michel Tombroff (BE) | Frederik Vanhoutte (BE) | Valery Vermeulen (BE) | Roger Vilder (FR) | Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) | Boris Wilmot & François Gaspard (BE) 

Order of Operations

4 June – 11 July 2021
Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels

Curation: Camilla Colombo
Scientific Direction: Raoul Sommeillier
Scenography: Marie Douel

Order of Operations is an exhibition by Ohme, in coproduction with BOZAR. 

Partners : Ecole polytechnique de Bruxelles (ULB), Faculté des Sciences (ULB), Inforsciences (ULB), Science Outreach Office (VUB), Pilar – Huis voor Kunst en Wetenschap, FabLab ULB

Supported by : Innoviris, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Commission communautaire française, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Loterie Nationale, Université Libre de Bruxelles

With the collaboration of: Département de Mathématique – ULB Control Engineering and System Analysis (Saas) – ULB Computer and Decision Engineering (CoDe) – IRIDIA – ULB Bio- Electro- And Mechanical Systems (BEAMS) – ULB Mobidalab