Beyond Transparency: Exhibition Opening

Wed 8 January 2020, 12pm - 6pm at Martin Hall Exhibition Space


(Photo credit: Richard Paul [cropped])

Join Radar to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of works produced during and in response to artist residencies in the University's Department of Materials. 

'Beyond Transparency' presents new work by Phoebe Collings-James, Richard Paul and Rachel Pimm. You're welcome to join us for the exhibition's opening, with drinks and nibbles served from 4pm.

Interested in thinking about materials beyond the metrics of use and exchange value, and in playing with the subject/object binary in order to question the political underpinning of that construction, Collings-James explored materials with the potential to auto-erode. Focussed primarily on observing and recording the decay of an agar polymer, Collings-James monitored and recorded the colour, matrix and temperament of the various growing bacteria under the microscope. In response to her research, Collings-James has produced a sound piece.

Paul made use of the Department’s imaging equipment, finding techniques to produce 3D lenticular prints and gathering information and images for a 3D video. Paul is fascinated by how important images are for almost infinitesimally accurate measurement, and also by his own impulse to attempt to grasp microscopic images as analogues to things and landscapes he already understands. Paul has produced a series of lenticular prints from images captured using the microscopes. A type of print produced using stereo pair images, lenticular prints give the illusion of three dimensionality.

Pimm conducted lab-based experiments designed to 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’. Pimm has responded to the residency with graphic prints, which they present alongside sound and video work incorporating footage produced during the residency, which is co-produced with Lori E Allen.

The exhibition continues until the end of January. Click here for more information.


Phoebe Collings-James

Guttersnipe Swipe Read more

Rachel Pimm

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Richard Paul

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Project Partners

Prof Gary Critchlow

Professor of Surface and Interface Science Read more

Dr Elisa Mele

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials Read more

Dr Fiona Hatton

Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry Read more

Lori E Allen

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