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Artist in Residence joins Astrophysics Group

5 October 2010

Katie Paterson

The Astrophysics Group has been awarded a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, enabling artist Katie Paterson (b.1981, Glasgow) to join the Group as their first Artist in Residence, for the academic year 2010-11.

Katie is a young artist who graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, in 2007 and has since participated in important exhibitions, including Modern Art Oxford, the Power Plant, Toronto, and Altermodern, Tate Britain.

Her artwork is cross-medium, multi-disciplinary, and conceptually driven, with emphasis on nature, geology and cosmology. She is best known for her artworks Earth–Moon–Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon), which involved the transmission of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to the moon and back; Vatnajökull (the sound of), a live phone line to an Icelandic glacier; and All the Dead Stars, a large map documenting the locations of 27,000 dead stars (all known to humanity), a collaboration with UCL astronomers and others throughout the world.

During the residency, Katie will investigate ideas of Ancient Darkness and Early Light in the Universe, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and very distant objects, and create a new body of artwork alongside her findings. ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the Astrophysics Group. It’s an honour to work closely with such leading scientists. The residency provides great opportunities for interdisciplinary thinking and innovative collaboration, allowing me to pursue my deep interest in the Cosmos.’

Professor Ofer Lahav, the Head of the Astrophysics Group and the grant’s holder says: ‘Katie and I share the belief that the art-science interaction is very rewarding. The kind of representation of nature found in the arts is different from that described in the sciences, but can provide insights that are as important and profound. Working with Katie on All the Dead Stars has allowed me to see my own subject through different eyes. Our Group embraces the opportunity to have Katie join us, and engage us in a different perspective on our work.’

Katie Paterson is exhibiting at Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, from 8th October til 6th November 2010. For more information see www.katiepaterson.org