The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture – edited by curator Nicola Triscott and artist Fiona Crisp, published by Arts Catalyst – is a collection of texts, images and conversations that present fundamental physics and the physics of the universe as human activities and cultural endeavours.
I’ve been back in the UK for the opening of Arts Catalyst’s new Centre for Art, Science and Technology in King’s Cross London, an exciting initiative for Arts Catalyst after more than twenty years pioneering art that engages with science and technology in society. In those two decades, we have commissioned over 13o artists’ projects and many exhibitions, presented in partnership with galleries, museums and other spaces across the UK and internationally. So what has driven us to set up our own Centre now?
At Arts Catalyst we remain committed, since our very first projects in 1994, to enabling and promoting artists who are investigating topics relating to contemporary science and technology and its interplay with society and the environment. Our mission is to commission and exhibit artworks that challenge our contemporary science and technology saturated society to reflect…
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Interesting article about a way that professional sculptors can bring extra revenue for their labours.
Extraordinary petal structures made by a rare species of bees. Although numbers of bees are still declining the insight into these vital creatures still grows.
There is death in the air…always.
Death seen and unseen.
How do we reach the inevitable end in our conscious being whilst being spiked with the knowledge that our unconscious self has a part to play? This duality of being nurtures a quest for expansion to the physical and metaphysical worlds that we inhabit, but how? This initial impulse is where a new piece of work for the Fabrica Vitae exhibition in Ghent, Belgium is evolving.
“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.” Marcel Proust
“I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind — and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.” William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
“Death is no more than passing from one room into another.” Helen Keller
A beautifully shot film trailer for the exhibition Fabrica Vitae http://www.interaliamag.org/audiovisual/fabrica-vitae-film-trailer/
‘Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again.’ Jean Luc Picard
Is this the beginnings of a eulogy for the ash?
The ashtree growing in the corner of the garden was felled. It was lopped first. I heard the sound and looking out and seeing it maimed there came at that moment a great pang and I wished to die and not to see the inscapes of the world destroyed any more.
Gerard Manley Hopkins from Journals and Notebooks, (Excerpts)*
Reading this short paragraph instantly brought to mind the coming decimation of the ash population in the UK. It’s true that the future can’t be predicted, and it’s not clear just how long the trees may take to die, or how many may escape the illness. In a conversation with a tree specialist last week, we heard…
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The sound of the curlew’s song looping in the cool air was a cause for celebration last week. And then the sight of its familiar inverted ‘W’, wings in mirrored arches led by a curved beak, added to our joy.
It seems like a simple thing, and in some ways it is. In other ways, it’s not. The sound not only heralds the coming of spring and tells us that this pair of curlews has survived the winter, it also taps into an ancestral place somewhere in our brains that once formed sonic maps to place us in time and space. It reassures us that the seasons are going as they should be, that the chill winds of winter’s tail will soon blow themselves out, and our own life cycle is continuing.
Curlews aren’t the only ones that bring tidings in their song. Blackbirds greeting the dawn; blue tits chatting…
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Illuminating evidence that the future for us is dark – Immortal Worlds? collaboration with Dr Simon Park
Bacteria exhibit an astonishing metabolic diversity, which exceeds that of all animals, plants, fungi and higher organisms. Their invisible, and often overlooked activity, sustains all of the life that we can see as bacteria contribute, on a global scale, to all of the Earth’s life-sustaining natural chemical cycles.
The Winogradsky column is a simple device for culturing environmental bacteria and is an elegant means of demonstrating their vast diversity and complex interactions. Invented in the 1880s by Sergei Winogradsky, the device comprises, a column of pond mud that has been fortified with a carbon source and a sulphur source. The column is exposed to sunlight for a period of months to years, during which aerobic/anaerobic, and sulphur gradients form. All of the bacteria in the mud column are present initially in low numbers and are thus not visible…
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Stunning differences revealed between the temperature differential.
Immortal Worlds? is a collaborative project between artist Jac Scott and myself, with our initial investigations being funded by an A-N New Collaboration Bursary. The focus of the project is on mapping the unseen, but vitally important world of bacteria and, particularly how climate change will impact on these organisms, which underpin all of the Earth’s many diverse and living ecosystems. We aim to create innovative and collaborative studies that will not only experimentally and critically engage art and science, but will also spark debate about our rapidly changing world. Our initial explorations…
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A world without bees?
A flower that looks like any other flower in daylight, but turn off the lights and its unique engineered bioluminescent light guides become visible. Specialized cell structures on the flower called lumocysts express the luxABCDE genes from the bioluminescent bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum giving the flower tissue the ability to make light. The quality of the light produced by these bacteria, and now the plant, is unique and it has powerful lure-like qualities so that when bees become extinct, the plants will attract and be pollinated by night-flying insects like moths. Night feeding carnivorous plants might also be developed though this technology.
In the not too distant future it is predicted that wars will be over basic natural resources such as water. In these fascinating articles we are reminded how we continue to abuse this vital resource and ignore the impact of our behaviour on its supply and quality.