Some of the Sculpting with Light team took part in the ASMbly Labs at Superposition in Leeds recently. Superposition is a network and space for artists, makers to collaborate. (A)rt, (S)cience, (M)ake labs is Superposition's annual big event. A 12 day long pop-up art science lab with the aim of generating new artworks and prototypes in a fast, hotbed environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration between artists, scientists and makers. They also had workshops, drop-in activities, an exhibition, talks and a closing event with performers working with art, science and making.
We had the pleasure of talking to Dominic Hopkinson about his geometric sculptural and drawing work that focuses its attention on the irrational number phi, the golden section. This is something I frequently return to time and time again, so it was a lovely opportunity to indulge the mathematics geek in me.
The team discussed with the ASMbly crew, the possible ways in which our 'Cosmic Web' maquette may be realised on a monumental scale. Fluorescent lights, sonic levitation and even drones were some of the ideas on the table. Suffice it to say the 'Cosmic Web' is now in development.
The exhibition was impressive, including elegant kinetic sculptures, interactive works that are controlled by breath and even flammable sculptures.
There was even a rare sighting of a medieval historian from the team (Dr Giles Gasper), learning coding to produce interactive light sculptures.
So all in all, our brief time at ASMbly Lab was very stimulating and it's definitely got those creative juices flowing. If you can make it to the lab next year we highly recommend it.