Category Archive: Art and Science

Euroart Studios and its founder Lorraine Clarke

Late last year I moved my art practice into Euroart Studios, run by artist Lorraine Clarke, my friend and fellow alumnus of Central Saint Martin’s Art & Science. Euroart Studios is a traditional… Continue reading

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Machines of the Mind: Leonardo da Vinci at the Science Museum, London

Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius is a temporary touring exhibition currently showing at the Science Museum, London, open daily until 4 September 2016. It inspires multiple visits. There is so much… Continue reading

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Building Harmonographs: Bridging Maths and Art at Waterloo, Canada

Bridges Lecture Series I spent the last week of February in the land of maple syrup, ice wine and snow. The Bridges Lecture Series is a collaborative project managed by Professor Benoit Charbonneau,… Continue reading

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Sound and Vision: the genius of Henry Dagg

The Sharpsichord This ten-foot tall, two-and-a-half ton monster, fabricated out of solid stainless steel, is a mechanical musical instrument called the Sharpsichord. It is the creation of Henry Dagg, musician, artist, engineer, and… Continue reading

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The Iron Genie meets Escher at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

I was thrilled when the Dulwich Picture Gallery requested the loan of my steel harmonograph The Iron Genie for an interactive installation in the gallery in October 2015. It was there to engage… Continue reading

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MiAL: promoting emerging artists from University of the Arts London

Launching a sustainable practice as an artist is challenging, even after graduating from a world-class institution like the University of the Arts London. A career as a visual artist is by definition undefined,… Continue reading

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Living Data: Digital Art at Watermans Arts Centre

“Digital art” is a catch-all phrase with a remit that is mind-bogglingly vast and often prone to generalization. It has been championed in recent years by the Arts Council England; the subject of… Continue reading

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Lumen: a winter exhibition at the Crypt Gallery

The Crypt Gallery at St. Pancras Parish Church hosts a rolling programme of exhibitions, and has become known as one of London’s  coolest venues for self-funded shows mounted by artist collectives. This December… Continue reading

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Ingenious Machines part 3: some Interesting Discoveries

I have recently received some fascinating communications in response to my previous “Iron Genie” and “Ingenious Drawing Machines” posts, which the authors have very kindly given me permission to share in the current… Continue reading

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Ingenious Machines Part 2: Harmonic Vibrations and Messrs. Newton & Co.

The ultimate study of the harmonograph and its history is provided in a book entitled “Harmonic Vibrations and Vibration Figures” published circa 1909, edited by Herbert C. Newton of Newton & Co., “Scientific… Continue reading

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Kinetica Art Fair 2014 Review

Now in its sixth year, the Kinetica Art Fair (16th – 19th October 2014 at the Old Truman Brewery, Spitalfields, London ) has become an annual fixture in the London art scene. Organised… Continue reading

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Ingenious machines for drawing curves: The Archives

A frequent comment made by viewers of the Iron Genie harmonograph in action, is that it reminds them of the Spirograph. Most of us are familiar with this childhood toy, which consists of… Continue reading

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Iron Genie at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

On Tuesday 8th July we installed my Iron Genie harmonograph at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. This interactive kinetic sculpture will be in the museum’s “Top Gallery” until the 21st.… Continue reading

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Antique Harmonograph Drawings

An artist who had seen some of my previous posts recently gave me a tip-off about an antiquarian harmonograph book at a local Bloomsbury bookshop …. need I say more? Of course I… Continue reading

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A review of Central Saint Martin’s Degree Show One 2014

It is the season of degree shows, and Central Saint Martin’s Show One, featuring students graduating from the Fine Art courses, is currently open to the public until the 27th May.  Having graduated… Continue reading

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A Theatre of Machines

Bloomsbury is blessed with a wealth of superb second-hand and antiquarian bookshops, so it takes little encouragement for me to fuel my addiction to rare and interesting books. I recently hit a windfall… Continue reading

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Art & Science and the beauty of the pendulum

Imagine stepping into an immersive alien environment, your senses heightened, flipping through your mental memory-files trying to make sense of the space and time to which you have been transported…. a vast, dark… Continue reading

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Filming in the Crypt

The heavy steel harmonograph sculpture on which I have been working for more than a year is finally finished and working, and it is time to give it the debut it deserves! It… Continue reading

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Developing the Harmonograph project for my M.A.

The image above has been developed using scans of drawings created by the first prototype harmonograph that I created and displayed over a year ago at the Byam Shaw campus of Central Saint… Continue reading

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Central Saint Martin’s Degree shows 2013: M.A. Art & Science

Central Saint Martin’s college of art, part of the University of the Arts, London, is opening its doors to the public for the degree shows. This year the shows are divided into two… Continue reading

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Elephants in the British Library

A group of second year students on the M.A. Art & Science course at Central Saint Martins, including myself, plus course director Nathan Cohen and our tutor Eleanor Crook, have mounted a group… Continue reading

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Meditations on the Mandelbrot Set

I am posting this drawing, which I did a while ago, in response to John Baez’s recent post “Rolling Circles”  on his Azimuth blog: http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/rolling-circles-and-balls-part-1/ I really enjoyed reading the discussion, the diagrams,… Continue reading

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