Heaven’s Above Features….

Today is the launch of Being Human! Ordered Universe Events start tomorrow, with the public talk by Philipp Nothaft  (pictured above). Philipp is a graduate of the University of Munich, has been associated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University College London, and the Warburg Institute. He was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Soul’s College, University of Oxford, in 2015. We’re delighted that Philipp is able to give this talk – it forms his major research area. He explores Time, Astronomy/Astrology and Calendars in both medieval and early modern Europe, and across a fascinating and wide-ranging series of  texts. Continue reading

Events this week! Heaven’s Above

Being Human, the National Festival of Humanities, opens across the UK on the 17th November, this Thursday. With nine days of events from Scotland to Cornwall, Northern Ireland to London this year is as diverse in the range of research inspired by the humanities, as it is in geography! There are a number of events taking place in the North-East of England: Hoping for Peace, Imagining War: British Writers 1890s-1920s and The Power of Print in 18th Century Newcastle organised by Northumbria University, Scaling the Heights: Mountains and Vertical MegastructuresMaternity Tales – Listening to Birth Spaces Past and Present and Hope and Fear in Children’s Books organised by Newcastle University. And, there are the two events organised at Durham University under the umbrella title of Heaven’s Above! Giles was talking about the last two in particular on the Ingrid Hagemann Show today (13.11.16   –  at around 1hr 45 mins in on the listen again): the excitement of medieval astronomy, mechanical clocks, and what he’d like to do if he could go back in time. Continue reading

Heaven’s Above: Medieval Time Reckoning

 

philipp-nothaft-being-human-poster-2016Philipp Nothaft will deliver a public lecture on ‘Medieval Time Reckoning and the Dating of Easter’ at Durham Cathedral as part of the Being Human National Festival of the Humanities, 2016. Full details are on the poster above – please spread the word! Philipp is a world expert on medieval dating systems and the history of astronomy, and an important contributor to the Ordered Universe project. No better place to start the Durham events for the Being Human Festival.

The World Machine – The Final Cut

The final, and beautiful, version of The World Machine, by Ross Ashton, with Isobel Waller-Bridge and John del Nero. Testament to a great collaboration, creativity, and a fantastic location.

Lumiere and the World Machine

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 22.49.02Lumiere is now underway, and despite the somewhat inclement weather (raging wind and howling gale, and rain) the installations are as captivating, eerie, mysterious, thought-provoking and spectacular as could be imagined. And the World Machine premiered tonight! Richard was there – a feast of colour, some fantastic imagery of the planets….more to come over the next two days. Shedding light on the Universe, and the World Machine Project introduces the team, especially the students and staff of the Institute of Computational Cosmology who made and modelled many of the sequences on the projection. Continue reading

World Machine – a sneak preview

A few pictures and some footage from the rehearsals of the World Machine this evening. What a privilege, and the real thing tomorrow (and until Sunday) will be fantastic. Forgive the quality of the shots and sound, but they give an impression of what you can expect. These are also mainly of the medieval imagery – the Black Hole, Galaxy Quest and Astral Travelling you’ll have to wait for! Continue reading

Sound and Light: ‘The World Machine’ at Lumiere Durham

Lighting up the whole of Durham City Centre later this week, Lumiere Durham is back in town. This festival of light, or artistic collaboration and of amazing sights and sounds has taken place every two years since 2009, and a wonderful, inventive, dynamic series of installations and shows have been included. Lumiere always includes a sound and light show on the Cathedral. This year, this show takes its title from Grosseteste’s treatise On light [De luce].  Continue reading

Ordered Universe and Being Human – On Film

We are delighted with the new short film of the Ordered Universe team in action at last year’s DSC_0682Festival of Humanities Ordered Universe PosterBeing Human, Festival of Humanities. Our ‘Dark Ages to Dark Matter‘ day took the participants through the research experience of encountering Grosseteste, piecing together his chronology, crucially sharing a collaborative reading experience, re-creating some of the experiments he recounts, and overlaying the whole with modern ideas, from science and humanities bases. Continue reading

Guardian Science – Article on Ordered Universe

As we wait for the Times Higher Education awards tonight, Michael Brooks has composed a lovely article on his experiences at the Ordered Universe Grosseteste Day during the Festival of Humanities, and of the work of the project, especially on the Rainbow. Continue reading