Beyond Transparency: Works from 'Materials Residencies'

Thu 9 January, 12:00pm -
Fri 31 January 2020, 2:00pm at Martin Hall Exhibition Space


(Photo credit: Richard Paul (cropped))

This exhibition presents work produced by artists Phoebe Collings-James, Richard Paul and Rachel Pimm during and in response to their artist residencies at Loughborough University’s Department of Materials in early 2019.

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.

Opening Information

Exhibition open Mon-Fri, 12-2pm, with a launch on Wednesday 8th December. Click here to see location. If you would like to see the exhibition at any other time, please email David Bell (


Richard Paul

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Phoebe Collings-James

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