Rachel Pimm


Rachel Pimm conducted lab-based experiments designed to try and simulate conditions which might have led to the ‘origin of life’ or Ool; the events that occurred during the transition from non-living to living systems on Earth. Pimm’s research is structured around learning from - and with - other types of life, by exploring biomimicry and creating experiments in which materials are ‘co-authors’. 

This research fed into the production of graphic prints, sound and video work (produced in collaboration with Lori E Allen), which will be displayed alongisde works by other Materials Residency artists as part of 'Beyond Transparency' in January 2020.

Rachel Pimm (b. Harare, 1984, lives in London) works in sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. She is interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Her work has been included in recent programmes including Hales Gallery, Jerwood Space, ANDOR, Tenderpixel and Chisenhale Gallery, The Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery (all London 2014-2019) as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. She has an MFA from Goldsmiths and lectures in Fine Art at Camberwell College and Arts University Bournemouth.


Materials Residencies

Artists Phoebe Collings-James, Richard Paul and Rachel Pimm undertake research in the University's Department of Materials. Read more

Project Partners

Dr Elisa Mele

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials
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Lori E Allen

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Beyond Transparency: Works from 'Materials Residencies'

Thu 9 January 2020

12pm - 2pm

Exhibition of works produced by Materials Residency artists during and informed by their residencies. Read more

Beyond Transparency: Exhibition Opening

Wed 8 January 2020

12pm - 6pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of 'Beyond Transparency', featuring new work commissioned by Radar. Read more

Materials Conversations: Rachel Pimm & Daisy Hildyard

Wed 20 March 2019

1pm - 2pm

Rachel Pimm discusses her work on 'life' with the novelist and historian of science Daisy Hildyard. Read more