Zenith playing on the interior of St James’s Church in Poole. It takes inspiration from medieval astronomy, Islamicate and European, and the notion of the zenith, a point directly above a particular location – the ‘zenith of the head’ as medieval authors put it, Continue reading
Our final day at the Napa Lighted Festival was 19th January, featuring two talks by Dr Henrike Lange (University of California Berkeley) and Joshua Harvey (Oxford), in a session entitled Beyond the Material, in the First Presbyterian Church. Joshua’s work on material perception, and the quality of lustre in particular, sat engagingly alongside Henrike’s exploration of renaissance art and the manipulative devices used by artists. Continue reading
A second set of talks, and memories from the Napa Lighted Festival last month. Friday 18th January saw a first talk from multi-media sculptor Alexandra Carr, a frequent collaborator with the Ordered Universe, and Joshua Harvey (Psychology and Engineering Science, University of Oxford). In Beyond Colour Alexandra and Josh spoke on various Continue reading
For all who were unable to be in Napa for the recent Lighted Art Festival, it is a great pleasure to post the full, official, filmed version from the Projection Studio. Featuring Ordered Universe research, student voices from Durham University and many other contributors, we present it here:
The show was a co-commission with the Light-Up Poole Festival, 2019, which will also feature some Ordered Universe participation, so you can still get to see it live!
The nine-day Napa Lighted Art Festival 2019 begins tomorrow, Saturday 12th January. A full programme features, amongst many installations, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, Birgit Zander and Daniel Bandke’s Language of Love, and Czech artists Hyperbinary’s Triton Genus, as well as Christopher Schardt’s Constellation Light Scuplture. All of this and Horizon from Ross Ashton and Karnen Monid’s Projection Studio. Ross and Karen have been setting up this week – and Horizon promises to be an Continue reading
Members of the Ordered Universe team will be in California in January 2019 for the Napa Lighted Art Festival, bringing our favourite blend of medieval history, modern science, and mesmerising art to the west coast of the USA for the first time.
If you would like to come and see us at the Napa Lighted Art Festival, then this page contains links to more detailed descriptions of all of our events as well as direct links to the Eventbrite page where you can book tickets for each event.
All of our events are FREE to attend, but maximum attendance numbers are dictated by venue capacity. We strongly recommend booking in advance to make sure that you will have a guaranteed spot to find out more about medieval and modern science, light, and color.
Guest blog-post about the Napa Lighted Art Festival from Karen Monid:
Ross and I are thrilled to be asked to return to the Napa Lighted Festival in the USA. Our first piece there, Line, shown in 2017, was a contemporary study in the combined effect of optical illusion, sound and motion with modern architecture. This year, the festival has generously offered us one of the most historic sites in Napa to show our new work, Horizon, a co-commission between the Ordered Universe project, the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK and the Napa Lighted Art Festival in the US.
The Ordered Universe project website has information about Horizon already here. As artists, it has been a wonderful experience to create a new work that is not only inspired by Robert Grosseteste’s works, but goes even further, using his own words as the central core of the piece. Horizon places his observations, experiences and interpretations of the earth and our place in it alongside those of the ecosystem studies of the Jet Propulsion Labaratory in NASA, whose work sits at the cutting edge of 21st century technology. Horizon reveals a surprising similarity of human aim behind scientific enquiry and searching, both then and now. It shows how interpretations have developed, as we have changed our viewing positions from that of being ‘on the earth’ to moving ‘off the earth’ and looking back at ourselves on this planet.
Something new I was keen to explore in the audio for the work, something that has never been done before with the Ordered Universe project, is to focus on the context of Grosseteste’s writings, to allow them to be presented to Horizon‘s audience as the teaching materials we believe them to have been, spoken aloud to students, learning about their place on the earth and in the universe as a whole. It has been exciting to find creatively meaningful ways to do this in Horizon, working with Professor Giles Gasper, Dr Sigbjørn Sønnesyn, and students at Durham University, in particular. Moreover, that Horizon also shows that modern science continues in this same work today shows a direct lineage from thinkers such as Grosseteste into the modern world.
One if the most exciting aspects of the project for us is that we are being given the opportunity to present the piece in Napa on the Goodman Library. The Goodman Library is a beautiful piece of Napa architectural history. It has survived several earthquakes and has recently reopened after an intense restoration program to preserve and protect its unique features. Libraries are the repositories of knowledge and so it is particularly resonant to have developed the premiere of ‘Horizon’ for this particular building. We will be discussing Horizon and our work, at the free ‘Meet the Artist’ event in Napa on January 13th. Tickets are available here.
Finally, we would like to extend our grateful thanks for the support of our collaborators at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, Dr Joshua Willis and Dr Joshua Fisher. Dr Willis is the principal investigator on the OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) mission and Dr Fisher is Science Lead on the ECOSTRESS mission, one of several space-based data gathering missions that are collectively looking at earth ecosystem changes, in collaboration with other space agencies internationally. We are delighted that Dr Joshua Fisher will also be giving a talk at Napa Lighted as part of the program of talks on offer at the Festival. Tickets are available here.
With preparations almost complete for the Napa Lighted Art Festival – some images, moving and stills, from the new sound and light show, Horizon, made by the Projection Studio with Ordered Universe and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. We’re really excited about the Festival and thrilled to be part of it. More information on the show is available here.
If you aren’t at the Napa Lighted Art Festival, then Horizon and a new internal projection Zenith will feature at the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK, February 21st-23rd. We’ll make sure to post a film of Horizon in case you can’t make either!
As an artist inspired by glass and light, particularly in scared spaces, when I was asked to join other members of the Ordered Universe team to be part of the Napa Lighted Festival, it was an invitation I just couldn’t refuse. The whole event is shaping up to be amazing and I am really looking forward to a totally immersive experience during the festival.
Working as part of the team to create a series of talks and demonstrations around the festival theme of ‘Beyond’ is proving to be a fantastic opportunity to show case some of the ideas I have been exploring through the Ordered Universe (and beyond).
Together with Giles Gasper, we will be speaking on the theme of ‘Beyond Belief’. We’ll be telling a story of glass and light framed through the lens of historical stained glass, the medieval gaze and the context of the sacred space. We’ll go beyond this to show how glass artists such as myself are inspired by the past, building on this to reach into the future to create new works in colour and light. I am particularly looking forward to the experience of speaking in the grand environs of the wonderful gothic architectural space of the First Presbyterian Church in Napa.
Less than a month to go!