LUMIERE DURHAM 2011
A Lux Scientia commission for Lumiere
Funded by the European Commission Culture Fund
Rob Godman (Soundtrack)
Nick Rothwell (Coding)
If you could witness the creation of the universe, what might it be like?
Plenum was a real-time, computer-generated light projection inspired by both scientific and religious accounts of how our world came into being and how the cosmos maintains life and consciousness.
Underpinned by a perfect grid of dots that transformed into a pulsating and swaying collection of particles, popping in and out of existence, it started by rapidly expanding from a point and played out an artistic interpretation of the ways the universe could have been formed. As the particles began to move they impacted on the dots around them in what appeared to be a chain reaction. The piece was inspired by the artist’s conversations with astrophysicist and theologian Reverend Professor David Wilkinson.
Simeon Nelson is a sculptor, new media and interdisciplinary artist interested in convergences between science, religion and art, complexity theory and relationships between art, architecture urban sites and the natural world.
After establishing himself as an artist in Australia and Asia in the 1990s, he moved to London in 2001 and is currently working on projects in Africa, Australia, Europe and the UK. He was a Finalist in the National Gallery of Australia’s National Sculpture Prize in 2005 and a Finalist in the 2003 Jerwood Sculpture Prize. Passages, a monograph on his work was published by The University of New South Wales Press, Sydney in 2000.
Rob Godman is a composer, sound designer and programmer. He is Reader in Music at the University of Hertfordshire. As well as creating installation audio works he regularly performs live, focusing on a transparent relationship between technology, audience and performer.
Nick Rothwell is a composer, performer, software architect, programmer and sound artist. He has built media performance systems for projects with Ballett Frankfurt and Vienna Volksoper (choreographer: Michael Klien) and Braunarts, and interactive installations for Sonic Arts Network, TECHNE (Istanbul) and the Kinetica kinetic art fair (London). He has worked at STEIM (Amsterdam), CAMAC (Paris) and ZKM (Karlsruhe) and has composed soundtracks for choreographers Aydin Teker (Istanbul) and Richard Siegal (Laban Centre), and performed with Laurie Booth (Dance Umbrella, New Territories), and at the Different Skies Festival (Arcosanti, Arizona), the ICA, and the Science Museum’s Dana Centre.