Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Unknown Fields Division (...)

(image credit Baikonour - NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Good luck to the Unknown Fields Division travelling research circus as they arrive in Kiev, Ukraine today for the start of a 10-day exploration of the CHERNOBYL EXCULSION ZONE to BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan. An exciting project which I have been following closely as Neasden Control Centre joins them as artist in residence.

(image credit Pripyat swimming pool - Martin Stens)

As part of the Unknown Fields programme, I was lucky enough to hear scientific illustrator Cornelia Hesse Honegger speak at the AA School - I've been fascinated by her research into the insects found near to Pool B30 at Sellafield nuclear plant, but what I found most interesting were her repeat studies of forms collected and observed from the Chernobyl exclusion zone and further afield, following wind direction patterns to places where the natural world has quietly, furtively been mutating at breakneck speed, illustrated in sequence. I love the repetition of forms, the minor alterations, and the composition of all the elements together.

(image credit - Cornelia Hesse Honegger)

By chance, I had used a similar idea to illustrate part of Buckminster Fuller's definition of synergy for this year's water projection film for Latitude Festival. It takes the form of a collaboration with Neasden Control Centre and you can see it live at the festival this weekend!