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.