Horizon at Light Up Poole

Fresh from the Napa Lighted Art Festival, the projection show Horizon, created by The Projection Studio – Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, in collaboration with the Ordered Universe, and in consultation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will play at the upcoming Light Up Poole Festival. Running from 21-23 February Light Up Poole features artists and their installations from a wide variety of backgrounds, local, from the rest of the UK and international. We’re delighted that Horizon will be showing again, onto St Jame’s Church (it was a co-commission between the Napa Lighted Art Festival and Light Up Poole), and it’s a great privilege to be working with the Projection Studio, bringing aspects of Ordered Universe research to diverse audiences. This time round Ross and Karen have designed a second show, Zenith, which also draws on Grosseteste’s cosmological and astronomical works, in particular On the Sphere.  Zenith will play on the inside of St James’s church, complementing Horizon on the outside, and offering different experiences to the audience.

As part of the Festival, and in support of the two projections,  Giles Gasper and Brian Tanner of Ordered Universe will deliver a public talk at the Lighthouse Poole, on Saturday 23rd February, 3.00-5.00 pm. responding to the Festival theme of Tides, as well as introducing Grosseteste’s life, scientific vision, and the work he has inspired.

Where Medieval Meets Modern 

Science – but not as you might know it. Welcome to the greatest scientist you’ve never heard of: Robert Grosseteste. From 13th century England, at the time of Magna Carta, his was a dazzling mind in a dazzling generation, writing extraordinary works on natural phenomena. The Ordered Universe project, made up of medieval experts, modern scientists, and creative arts, explores these works collaboratively, generating fresh understanding of the past, new scientific research, contemporary artworks, and a fuller understanding of the place of science in culture. Find out about the project, medieval big bang, the science of the rainbow, and how to move beyond the horizon, and the medieval theory of tides. Professors Giles Gasper (History) and Brian Tanner (Physics) from Durham University will introduce Grosseteste and his scientific imagination, how collaborative research works to enrich understanding, and how the Ordered Universe project collaborates radically across different fields, from glass-artists, to multi-media sculpture, light and sound projection shows, and form history to physics, engineering, vision science and philosophy. The talk supports the Projection Studio’s Horizon and Zenith which are showing at Light Up Poole – we’ll talk about the science and history behind the show and take you on a tour of the medieval universe.

The talk will explore Grosseteste’s cosmology, his thought on water, the moon and tides, and a work on tides thought for many years to be by Grosseteste, now widely held to be a product from his pupil Adam of Exeter. It will also feature Ross and Karen from the Projection  Studio in conversation with Brian and Giles about collaborating on Horizon and the ideas for Zenith. 

All events at the Festival are free – so if you’re in Dorest in late February do come along. Come and find about about the inspirations for the shows!


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