An Award for the World Machine

It is a great pleasure to announce that the Durham University Marketing and Communications Office was shortlisted for its coverage of the World Machine at Durham Lumiere 2015, for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards North East. At the Award the team won silver in its category. Karen Frost (Marketing and Communications – Student Experience), Greg Robson (Physics) and Kirsten Swanston (Development and Alumni Relations Office) received the award on behalf of the University. The award recognises the collaboration between departments and units, researchers and the artistic team behind the projection (headed by Ross Ashton), working with the public, undergraduates, research students, academic and support staff. A really fantastic achievement and a great experience of which to have been part!

Project Cosmos: Cambridge e-Luminate Festival

The Ordered Universe has another artistic collaboration up and running. Project Cosmos, funded by Durham University, is a collaboration with projection artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid from The Projection Studio. Drawing on previous experience of working together for World Machine, in tandem with the Durham Institute of Computational Cosmology, for Durham Lumiere 2015 (returning in 2017), the project will create another light and sound show fusing the past and present. 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.

The World Machine (now in entirety)

Although on the damp side, the penultimate night of Lumiere Durham was a great success. Various members of the Ordered Universe team gathered in Durham, for the start of the Being Human, Festival of Humanities (see forthcoming post!). We were very glad to be joined for the day and evening by artist Alexandra Carr whose work is heavily based around science and natural phenomena. We were able, from Keith Bartlett’s kind offer to use his offices, meanwhile, to see the World Machine from an unusual vantage point; the results are below. Continue reading

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