Dark Matter Day

Ordered Universe members took part yesterday in an evening event for Dark Matter Day, organised by Durham University’s Institute of Particular Physics Phenomenology and the Institute for Computational Cosmology (home for Ordered Universe’s Richard Bower). Open to the public, the event featured research, Continue reading

Spiritus – Sneak Preview

An early preview of Spiritus – Light and Dark, for the Bouygues UK Cambridge e-luminate Festival next week. Thanks to Ross Ashton and Karen Monid for sharing the images – a wonderful collision of scientific ideas past and present, Hildegard of Bingen as well as Grosseteste, Dark Matter and the Galaxy Formation. Appetite whetted? Come to Cambridge and see it live!

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e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

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Next week, Friday 10th February is the opening of the Bouygues UK e-Luminate Cambridge Festival 2017. The Festival runs until the 15th, and features a wide variety of artworks, projections and related events. It is particularly exciting for the Ordered Universe project: one of the featured projects is part of the continued collaboration between the project and Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of the Projection Studio. Forming part of the Project Cosmos the new projection is entitled Spiritus – Light and Darkness, and well feature on the facades of Senate House and the Old School in Cambridge for the duration of the Festival.

Taking inspiration from Isaiah 45:7 “…I form the light, and create darkness…”, Ross and Karen have based the show around Grosseteste’s astronomical, cosmological and optical treatises. The new projection compares and contrast the works on Cosmology and Light by Grosseteste with the most up to date interpretations of the Universe and its formation. Ordered Universe work on the De sphera – On the SphereDe sex differentiis – On the Six Differences, De luce – On Light provide the foundation for the exploration, with a captivating array of medieval images, from Hildegard of Bingen, to scientific diagrams, and angel carvings and statues form the Berlin Nikolaikirche. Alongside these the projection features three-dimensional ‘maps’ of real and dark matter which attempt to explain how dark matter must be distributed to create the universe that we see. These ‘maps’ have been produced in collaboration with the Institute of Computational Cosmology at Durham University.

Spiritus – Light and Darkness brings together, then, the latest research from Ordered Universe, on Grosseteste’s astronomical works. Ross and Karen were able to attend our last symposium, in September 2016, to share with us, and and their own insights on, and interaction with, the text. Together with the dark matter modelling at the ICC, led by Richard Bower, these very different projects have opened up fascinating areas of similarity, and artistic development. From World Machine at the Durham Lumiere Festival in 2015, our engagement with Ross and Karen has provoked challenging thoughts about scientific investigations in the past and the present day. How these ideas are expressed, harnessed and their significance explored and presented, is an important element in modern discourse on science and its place in culture. To see the strangeness of the phenomena discussed, to experience the cascade of imagery and sound, is, we hope, to invoke wonder and curiosity.

(Image used: from https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate/2017-theme)

Sculpting With Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology

It is delightful to announce a successful application to the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Scheme for Alexandra Carr. Sculpting With Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology will confront human attempts to grasp and master the structure and meaning of the universe. Inspired by Durham’s resources, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to the DiRac2-Super-Computer, the residency will enable Alex to spend the summer in Durham, working with Giles and Richard Bower and Tom McLeish, and many others, to explore medieval and modern cosmology. Continue reading

Heaven’s Above: Interactive Exhibition

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Part of the Being Human National Festival of Humanities, the Heaven’s Above! Interactive Exhibition takes place on Saturday 19th November, 11.00-18.00. The exhibition will include  the Ordered Universe project on the scientific world of Robert Grosseteste (c.1168-1253), medieval time reckoning in the exquisite Durham Cathedral manuscript Hunter 100 and medieval astrolabes. Art-work from sculptor Alexandra Carr, projection artist Ross Ashton and Glass Artists from the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, will be included, alongside displays on research about Renaissance astronomy, human vision perception and modern cosmology. Experience the universe with Occulus Rift technology, and a blow-up Planetarium, and meet characters from the past, from the Time Bandit re-enactors. All at the Pemberton Lecture Rooms on Palace Green. Free entry – please spread the word!

Berlin Light Festival: The Projection Studio

Ross Ashton and Karen Monid from the Projection Studio recently took part in the prestigious Berlin Light Festival 7-16 October. Using elements of the World Machine created in collaboration with the Ordered Universe and the Institute of Computational Cosmology, their projection Spiritus deals with the themes of lights and darkness, and the angelic in creation, making particular use of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Ordered Universe material, as well as the modelling of the universe from the ICC all feature. The Continue reading

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