Exploring knowledge exchange between academics and artists.
Trellis: Public Art is a programme of knowledge exchange between researchers and artists resulting in an exhibition on the Queen Elizabeth Olypmpic Park in October 2019.
The activity is part of the Trellis programme of Community Engagement, funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, which aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers and communities and individuals based around the future UCL East campus.
The activity is also part of the wider vision for UCL Public Art in creating opportunities for collaboration between artists, researchers and communities.
In December 2018 we invited a group of artists and researchers to a matchmaking event on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You can read more about this event on our Public Engagement blog. From this, nine artist:researcher partnerships were awarded £2,000 to develop collaborative ideas, and four partnerships were commissioned in May 2019 to take part in a public exhibition in October 2019.
The partnerships are:
- No Smell, No Dirt, No Trouble, Lucy Harrison in collaboration with Efstathia Kostopoulou
The project includes a series of interventions, drawing on archive research, looking at industries that were previously on the Olympic Park site. Focussing on paint, sweet and jam factories, it juxtaposes the recipes, formulas, colours and tastes of the products along with the plants that are currently in the park.
Lucy Harrison’s work takes the form of installations, films, audio and books. Her projects are often collaborative and involve the participation of people who live or work in the places where they take place, exploring how the history of a place often resonates in the present day in unconscious ways.
Efstathia Kostopoulou is a Doctoral Researcher at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her work spans across urban design and heritage to media architecture and the publics. Her current research looks into affective digital and physical experiences that relate public spaces to local memory and culture
- Artemis of the Lea, Amanda Lwin in collaboration with Dr. Tse-Hui Teh and Dr. Lena Ciric
A multi-breasted riverine mother goddess, Artemis of the Lea is a water fountain festooned with brightly coloured, curvaceous vessels. The sculptures pendulous vessels are watering cans that double as portable urinals used during the summer by allotmenteers experimenting with urine as a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.
Dr. Tse-Hui Teh is a Lecturer in the Bartlett School of Planning. Her research concerns how water and sanitation infrastructures can become more sustainable, using a collective coevolution of actant trajectories (CCAT) framework. She also explores how public participation can change urban infrastructure.
Amanda Lwin (b. 1982, London) is a British-Burmese artist based in East London, whose practice charts the interfaces between landscapes, cities, buildings and people. Her work attempts to reveal how invisible or intangible systems, infrastructure and ways of thinking underlie our everyday lives, and is informed by an array of psychogeographic, anthropological and mythological sources.
Dr. Lena Ciric is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Her research expertise lies in the application of molecular biology techniques to the profiling of microbial communities in various environments. She leads the Healthy Infrastructure Research Group at UCL CEGE (www.cege.ucl.ac.uk/HIRG).
PPL PWR is a collective which connects sustainable companies and provides public platforms through which innovative technologies and ideas are shared. As part of this they hack and repurpose renewable energy technologies into demos and installations.
- Beyond Sight Within Grasp (Red, Yellow and Blue), David Rickard and Prof. Tony Kenyon in collaboration with Beyond Sight Loss
Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter at the scale between 1 - 100 nanometres, a size significantly smaller than the wavelength of light. It is literally impossible to see matter at nanoscale with any optical microscope. Working with visually impaired collaborators, this work uses touch to explore the rich landscapes within the smooth surface of copper at nanoscale.
David Rickard, (1975) is a New Zealand artist based in London, UK. His original studies in architecture have had a lasting impact on his art practice, embedding queries of material and spatial perception deep into his work. Through research and experimentation his works attempt to understand how we arrived at our current perception of the physical world and how far our perception is from what we call reality.
Tony Kenyon is Professor of nanoelectronic & Nanophotonic Materials, and Vice Dean (Research), heading the Nanoelectronic & Nanophotonic Materials group. His group’s work focuses on the application of nanostructured materials to nanoelectronics and photonics. He is particularly interested in resistance switching devices (memristors) based on oxides (mainly silicon oxides, but other CMOS-compatible oxides as well), and how they can be used in novel non-volatile memories, hardware acceleration for Machine Learning, and neuromorphic devices and systems.
David and Tony have been working with Beyond Sight Loss and would like to particularly thank David Johnston, Rais Ali, Ikram Chohan, Dickin Bowling, Shahid Latif, Bride McDonagh and Malik.
- Point Patterns, Alison Turnbull, Elsa Arcaute, Hugo Glendinning and Sara Ruddock
Point Patterns results from the encounter between a mathematical analysis of the street network of London and the creative disciplines of drawing and dance. It arose out of conversations between visual artist Alison Turnbull and theoretical physicist Dr Elsa Arcaute. They investigated fractal patterns, mapping and colour-coding in urban systems and in drawing.
Alison Turnbull is a visual artist – primarily a painter – who also works with drawing and architecture. Based in London, she is represented by Matt’s Gallery.
Elsa Arcaute is a theoretical physicist and dancer. She is Associate Professor at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL.
Hugo Glendinning is a photographer and filmmaker. He has worked with many leading British theatre and dance companies.
Sara Ruddock is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer from Stockholm, now working in London.
Curation and production management provided by Rosie Murdoch.
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