The Ordered Universe

This collaboration is concerned with light, sound, colour and the order of the cosmos. The Ordered Universe Project first came to my attention at a lecture I attended at the Royal Society titled 'The 13th Century Theory of Everything'. The project is a multidisciplinary project headed by Dr Giles Gasper and Professor Tom McLeish of Durham University, investigating medieval science through the scientific works of English thinker Robert Grossesteste (c.1170-1253).

The Ordered Universe project has spawned a number of creative collaborations...

I will be artist in residence at Durham University during the summer of 2017. The residency, 'Sculpting with Light: Medieval and Modern Cosmology' will explore the central importance of light to the universe in both periods, the notion of power and movement within the heavens, the importance of geometry in establishing sense of place, and ideas about unity and complexity, order and disorder, structure and entropy. Click here to find out more about the project.

'Lens of Sound' is a related project in collaboration with Joshua Harvey, DPhil Researcher at Oxford University, which brings together a dynamic fusion of medieval and modern science with on-going artistic experiment and performance. The project aims to give rise to three-dimensional cymatics in physical form. To see the video and find out more click here.

I have been collaborating with the University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre as part of the related 'Through a Glass Darkly' project which focuses on Grosseteste's treatises De Colore and De Iride. De Colore explores the medieval notion of colour as 'light embodied in a diaphenous medium', while De Iride focuses on how rainbows are formed with respect to the passage of light through individual droplets of water. Members of the Ordered Universe will be working with Dr Cate Watkinson and Dr Colin Rennie, of the Department of Glass and Ceramics, and their undergraduate and postgraduate students. A film of the project, titled 'Through a Glass Darkly', will be made by film-maker Alan Fentiman. For more information about the project click here.