In 2017, we co-commissioned Where Shapes Come From, an immersive video installation by renowned artist duo Semiconductor. The piece considers how science translates nature on an atomic scale, following a scientist going about his daily work in rock and mineral labs; cutting up large meteorites and preparing mineral samples for scientific study.
Accompanying this, mineralogist Jeff Post describes the coming together of atoms to form matter. He details formations of organised structures and patterns as if they are happening in real-time, in front of our eyes, transcending time and space.
Raw seismic data, collected from the land forming Mariana deep sea trench, has been converted directly into sound and controls computer generated animations, which are composited into the labs. They depict interpretations of visual scientific forms associated with atomic structures, and the technologies which capture them.
The co-commissioners for Where Shapes Come From were the EDP Foundation. The work has gone on to show around the world, including exhibitions at MAAT, Lisbon, The Biennale of Sydney and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (images from the installation at Le Lieu Unique and The Biennale of Sydney are featured below).