'Illusion of the Self'
Central Saint Martins Degree Show One (2015)
My MA degree show piece was a work that mirrored two years of research conducted as a postgraduate student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design into the relationship between art and science. My contention is that there is an irreconcilable tension between the fine arts and the natural sciences, one which manifests itself as one of the most pressing questions of all intellectual life today: 'If we accept the scientific description of reality as made up entirely of mindless, meaningless particles, and that 'the self' is merely the product of chemical and physical processes in the brain, how do we reconcile these facts with our traditional self-representations as purposeful, social, creative, rational, free, and intelligent agents?'
Working with neuroscientist Dr. Sarah Jolly of the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, and exploring contemporary concepts in neuroscience and neurophilosophy, 'Illusion of the Self,' through its aesthetic, its material construction, and its theoretical depth, aims to 'make visual' both the tensions and points of synthesis that underlie the rapidly shifting discourse between the humanities and the natural sciences.
Cell images photographed at Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research (University College London) by Dr. Sarah Jolly.
Artist Residency at The Cube London
(January - June 2015)
With Julius Colwyn, Mary Helen Mack, Mandy Hreus, Stephanie Herbert, and Marta Pinilla.
The IDEOGRAPHIC artist residency at The Cube London was comprised of six artists from the MA Art and Science program at Central Saint Martins. The residency, which included three exhibitions and two evening round table discussions with fellow academics, artists, and scientists, was designed to be a creative interrogation of the question, 'Is there a correlation between spikes in social evolution with the alliance of art and science?'
Following my interest in fields such as epistemology, cosmology, evolutionary biology, mythology, and the science of ‘belief,’ my own artistic contributions to the residency centered around my research into the historical, philosophical, and scientific developments that have shaped our cultural evolution from the dawn of civilization to the present. For further information and images, please visit https://ideographicthecube.wordpress.com/.
'Asimov's Evitable Conflict'
Hysteron Proteron, Central Saint Martins (2014)
In collaboration with May Turner and Jazz Szu-Ying Chen.
Commissioned by BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation students at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for their 2014 degree show, this piece was created in response to the exhibition themes of 'hysteron proteron' (a rhetorical device which makes use of deliberate reversal) and the utopian future as idealized by science fiction master Isaac Asimov (pictured on screen).
Directly inspired by Asimov's short story, The Evitable Conflict, in which intelligent machines conclude that the only way to prevent humanity from coming to harm is to take control of the planet, the other two artists and I used a collection of data mined from the internet on topics ranging from artificial intelligence and futuristic technologies to celebrities, politics, and religion, to envision a series of fictional archetypes from a strange and distant future.
Criteria of Truth series
Tomorrow Today, Bargehouse, London (2013)
'The Consolations of Naturalism'
Big Space III, Central Saint Martins (2015)
Completed initially as a 30 x 45 cm watercolor and mixed media piece, the original artwork was then scaled up to a size of 2 x 4 meters and printed on selected pages from A.C. Grayling's The Good Book, a text designed as a secular alternative to religious scriptures, and to be read as a narrative drawing on non-religious philosophy, including that from Ancient Greek, Chinese, Roman, Indian and Arab civilizations, as well as the European Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
Interactions, Loading Bay Gallery (2014)
Mathematicians often refer to it as one of the most beautiful equations ever discovered. Simple. Elegant. Beautifully balanced. One side representing the beginning of mathematics, the other epitomizing the mysteries of infinity. Yet most people don’t believe it could be true.
1 = 0.9999...
This interactive installation piece was created as a playful exploration of concepts such as the mysteries of infinity, the pitfalls of intuition, and the counterintuitive nature of the universe.