Participative workshops exploring relationships between sculptural objects, bodies and environments.
Participants worked alongside the artist to create compositions using sculptural objects relating to human bodies and to natural environments. Included a discussion of artworks designed for interaction.
Part of the outreach programme for a permanent work of public art, ‘CORPUS’ by Dalziel + Scullion, that has been commissioned by the University of Cambridge for the new Capella building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Saturday 8 September
Sunday 16 September
University of Cambridge Science Festival
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London
Developed and produced by Melissa Pierce Murray and NanoDTC researcher Philipp Koehler.
NanoVignettes is a series of micro-films presenting latest research from the EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC), in an inventive and accessible visual format. NanoDTC students and associates were paired with MA-level artists, and together these teams explored crossovers between their disciplines. Scientists introduced the artists to their labs and research, and the artists then created dialogues and imagery to explain their understanding of the scientists’ work. The micro-films communicate their shared understandings, across unusual divergences in ideas, language, and idiom. By harnessing the creativity of scientists and artists working together, the videos speak to wide audiences on many levels.
Including artists working across many media, and at various stages in their careers, the videos explain scientific concepts using a plethora of imaginative and off-the-wall approaches, from drawing and animation, to 3D constructions. Artists include MA students from Central Saint Martins, Norwich University of the Arts, and Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, alongside three professional artists and one sixth form student.
NanoVignettes was presented at the University of Cambridge Science Festival and formed an online part of the NanoDTC’s exhibit ‘Mind the Nano Gap’ at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London from 2-8 July 2018.
ESPRC Centre for Doctoral Training in NanoScience and NanoTechnology, University of Cambridge
Working across several universities (Norwich University of the Arts, The College of Art and Design, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge NanoDTC), Murray writes and delivers the series of interdisciplinary creativity workshops entitled Drawing on Science.
Drawing on Science is a programme of creativity workshops exploring ways in which artistic thinking and skills be utilized to enhance scientific communication and research. The series enables science PhD candidates to develop their awareness of visual language and presentation through a series of outcome-focused activities: participating in ‘making sessions’ with presentations by artists and scientists, investigative collaborations with MA level art and design students, and the development of scientific posters and other outreach materials.
Using Materials to Think
Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge
Cambridge Science Festival
Advances in science provide the means to probe matter on increasingly minute and vast scales, expanding human senses and calling into question what it means to know and perceive. As we learn more about the materials and forces which shape our world, we piece together data and thought using a variety of approaches—mathematics, models and metaphors—to develop our understanding and enable us to describe and communicate our ideas.
On 17 March 2018, the Intellectual Forum hosted an interactive workshop for the Cambridge Science Festival, wherein participants created three dimensional drawings using a process of thinking with objects with sculptor Melissa Pierce Murray. Participants explored questions and example relating to how artists and scientists develop conceptual and physical metaphors to make sense of the world.
The workshop also included a discussion of Murray’s collaborative work with artists and scientists, showing how her sculptures draw on the disciplines of physics, poetry and art.
Scott Polar Institute
Scott Polar Institute
Display of Stasis and Ice Carving Workshop for the Polar Sensory Open Day at the Polar Museum. Part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival 2018.
University Cambridge Festival of Ideas
Into Boundless Space I Leap, Curated by Kettles Yard for the Maxwell Centre, Cambridge
NanoArt brought together established artists and emerging scientists to engage in creative cross-disciplinary investigations at the nanoscale.
With structures that are smaller than a thousandth of a human hair, the nanoscale is a domain where bulk properties and atomistic characteristics of materials are both in evidence, and raises deep questions on how we perceive, interpret and make sense of materials and interactions that are very far from everyday human experience and physical realities.
Through sharing conceptual approaches, physical locations and technical processes, the collaborations explored themes of perception, scale and self-assembly at the nanoscale.
Presentations and displays emerging from initial cross-disciplinary investigations, seeding ideas for further research and exchange, were shown to the public at the Nano^Art@CambridgeFestival of Ideas 2015 event: Perceiving on the Smallest Scales.
Coordinated by Melissa Pierce Murray and Dr. KarishmaJain of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)