Morphogenetic sculpture, projection mapping, Digital Futures and On Growth and Form.
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Morphogenetic Sculpture

Recently I have been focussing on how to turn some of my works into actual physical sculpture. In my new ‘Constrained Forms’ series, where I’m exploring the effects of introducing additional biases and influences to the structures as they grow, I believe there is a strong sculptural nature that would be particularly interesting to physically realise.

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time on the technical issues of how to convert the dense cell data that I’m generating from my simulations, with many millions of cells, into a form which is potentially fabricable. To test this out I’ve been printing a series of small maquettes using my Ultimaker 3D printer, and I'm hoping that some of this work will be ready for an exhibition in Dundee in September. I’m now actively exploring ways of creating these works at larger sculptural scales than can be achieved with conventional 3D printing.

Digital Futures: Lumen Big Reveal

On Tuesday 11th July, V&A Digital Futures is holding a special event together with the Lumen Prize for Digital Art and EVA London 2017 at Hackney House, near London's Liverpool Street Station. As well as revealing this year’s Lumen Prize long list, there will be an exhibition of a number of works and I’ll be showing my stereoscopic installation piece that features ‘Constrained Forms’ in the process of growth.

Projection Mapping in Karlsruhe

A project that has recently been keeping me very busy is a collaborative piece that I’ve been working on together with Zaha Hadid Architects, Max Cooper and Mubbasir Kapadia. This is a video work called ‘Behaviour Morphe’ commissioned by the ZKM for the Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe: an annual festival of projection mapping where large video works are displayed on the baroque castle in the centre of the city. I can’t show any images yet, but one of the main themes I've been exploring is how to bias the growth processes to make them work more sympathetically with the building, in particular to encourage differential behaviour in horizontal and vertical directions.

One of the challenges was to create the video at the huge resolution of 10800 x 1080 pixels. I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of my works projected at such a high resolution at the premiere on the 3rd August. The festival runs until the 10th September.

100 Years of 'On Growth and Form'

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I’m going to be participating in number of events in Dundee as part of the centenary celebrations of the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s hugely influential book ‘On Growth and Form’.

I was recently invited to spend a week there by Sarah Cook, Dundee Fellow and curator for contemporary art. As well as giving a seminar about my work, I spent the week talking with researchers from the School of Life Sciences as well as a lot of people from Dundee Contemporary Arts and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. In September I will be showing a number of works in an exhibition taking place in the LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, which should include some of the new sculptural works, and in Centrespace at the Visual Research Centre at the DCA, where I plan to show some large scale projections. There will also be work from several of my series over the last 15 years on large publicity boards at the university, highlighting the connections with D’Arcy Thompson.

In October I will be presenting at a conference about ‘On Growth on Form’ jointly hosted by the universities of Dundee and St.Andrews. My talk will focus on the ways I am using biases and influences to affect morphogenesis in the recent ‘Constrained Forms’. Given how much of an influence D'Arcy Thompson has been on my work it is very much an honour to be taking part.

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