Material Sight, a new exhibition by Fiona Crisp, commissioned by Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Arts Catalyst, invites us into an embodied relationship with the spaces of fundamental science.
On March 24, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) reopens with this major new body of work by Crisp, welcoming visitors into its new home, located within the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
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Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are being expanded. Material Sight is a new, large-
Across all these sites, knowledge is pursued at scales and distances beyond our human sensing, from the macroscale of the multiverse to the microscale of the subatomic world. Crisp explores how we might encounter this sensory remoteness by being placed into a physical, tangible relation to the spaces and laboratories where the science is performed. To this end, she builds a landscape of image and sound, augmenting the gallery architecture with scaffolding walls that support a cycle of photographs and moving image works.
Material Sight places us in a physical relation to the extraordinary endeavour of fundamental science, where knowledge is pursued at the furthest reaches of our human imagination.
To accompany the exhibition at NGCA, KOSMICA: Ethereal Things, a weekend exploring our intimate human connection with particle physics and the physics of the universe, takes place on April 14 and 15. Attendees will experience impossible situations, encounter the mysterious realm of subatomic physics, and unravel the cosmic web through experiments, performances, music and poetics.
To coincide with the exhibition in London, Arts Catalyst will publish a new book The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture, edited by Fiona Crisp and Nicola Triscott.
Fiona Crisp is an artist known for creating installations of large-
Following a capital redevelopment project in 2017, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopens a new 3200sq/ft, 5m high exhibition gallery at National Glass Centre, part of the University of Sunderland. NGCA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 having been one of the very first contemporary art galleries in Britain. It has provided major international figures with their first UK exhibitions, including Harun Farocki (Germany) and Cory Arcangel (USA), and shown work by 14 Turner Prize nominees.
Arts Catalyst is a contemporary art organisation focused on cross-
Fiona Crisp, Safe Haven, 2010. Giclée print from colour transparency. Image courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.