August 19, 2015
I have been awarded a £150,000 arts award from Wellcome Trust in partnership with cultural agency Artichoke to create a monumental multimedia artwork ‘Cosmoscope’ to be the centrepiece of the Durham Lumiere festival in 2017.
It will be researched in collaboration with Simon Walker-Samuel, the Centre for Biomedical Imaging, UCL, psychologist Monia Brizzi, The Ogden Centre for fundamental physics, Durham and the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford. It will be produced in collaboration with Artichoke, composer Rob Godman and software designer Nick Rothwell.
Cosmoscope will be a monumental sculptural pavilion that projects animated imagery and sound in loops of patterns in perpetual evolution onto landmark buildings,. Taking its inspiration from growth patterns in nature and optical instruments, it draws on our ability to look into the invisible - from the infinitesimal to the infinite. it will use the language of maps to explain our place in the universe.
It looks at the cell as a unit of life within a wider context through questions such as: How does the molecular physics of the cytoplasm affect the biology of the cell? How is the human body and psyche affected by the cosmos? How has plate tectonics affected the development of life on earth? How is earth and its life affected by our cosmic neighbours?