Rachel Pimm

Rachel Pimm - Self Portrait - 2017

(Photo credit: S/Hg exhibited in 'Beyond Transparency'. Photo: Josie Parr)

They propose Making Time through volcanoes, alongside science and engineering, learning from ideas in origin of life studies – OOL – or Abiogenesis: materiality expressing agency and life. Novel material engineering in the geological and biological –acknowledging geological matter as the political object is it, in this case through the lens of the volcanic. Cross disciplinary questions they’ll address across research in all networks of this project include: What makes geological material political? What conditions give rise to abiogenesis? What materials of volcanic activity are used for climate remediation? Can volcanic materials be incorporated into sustainable sculpture practice rooted in queer, sick, feminist, de-colonial, intersectional social justice, and environmental care? Can they make like a volcano? 


Rachel Pimm is a UK research-based artist who works with words, objects and photography to trace origins and tell material stories with a focus on the animal, vegetable and mineral as they transform. They look to ecology for the political, feminist, decolonial, the sick and the queer. Recent work, most often collaborative, has been in programmes including Artangel’s Afterness, The Serpentine Galleries, and Whitechapel Gallery. Residencies include Loughborough University Chemical Engineering, Gurdon Institute of Genetics at Cambridge University, Rabbit Island, Michigan, USA, and as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence 2019-20. They are Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and have a forthcoming exhibition with Arts Catalyst in Sheffield.


Making Time

Making Time is a new initiative that responds to the climate emergency, bringing the ideas of artists and art production into conversation with new material possibilities. Read more

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

12:00pm - 14:00pm

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

Beyond Transparency: Exhibition Opening

Wed 8 January 2020

12:00pm - 18:00pm

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

13:00pm - 14:00pm

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