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Alchemical Worlds




Type Of Work


  • Creative work

Abstract


  • Alchemical Worlds brings together fields of art, design, materials science, paleoclimatology and filmmaking with philosophies of alchemy and materials transformation to explore the interconnectedness of Earth���s ecosystems. This exciting and multifaceted exhibition features wall hangings, paintings, sculptures, animations, textile designs and films. The protagonists of Alchemical Worlds are those non-human things that can often be overlooked: corals, trees and fungi. Here, corals and trees are celebrated as ancient record keepers, or bioarchivists, as together they can hold climate records for millions of years. Golda, Johnson and Law give life to these ecological narratives through an experimental and advanced use of eclectic materials: silk, linen, wood, graphene, electronic circuits, silver wire, digital screens, and climate data. In their hands, for example, images of the world���s oldest living tree the 5,000 year-old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine and the 2,000 year-old brain coral become repeat pattern textile designs that have been hand screen-printed using a novel new material - graphene. As exhibition viewers encounter this artwork, they���ll discover that hovering a hand over the conductive graphene prints activates a series of animations where carbon rings dance across the surface of the artwork. Led by UOW artist-researchers Dr Agnieszka Golda and Dr Jo Law, and supported by UOW���s Global Challenges Program, Alchemical Worlds has emerged from intersections of art and science disciplines. Central figures of this ongoing collaboration are climate scientist Associate Professor Helen McGregor (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UOW) and materials scientist Dr Sepidar Sayyar (Australian National Fabrication Facilities and Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, UOW). Alchemical Worlds extends on previous collaborative research, including Golda and Law���s MAAS Research Fellowship Project (2017), which culminated in their Spinning World ��exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (July 2018 ��� January 2019), and later exhibited at University of Wollongong (August ��� October 2019). Golda and Law have also presented their research at ISEA 2020, and together with McGregor and Sayyar, at Spectra 2018.

Publication Date


  • 2021

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Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong

Type Of Work


  • Creative work

Abstract


  • Alchemical Worlds brings together fields of art, design, materials science, paleoclimatology and filmmaking with philosophies of alchemy and materials transformation to explore the interconnectedness of Earth���s ecosystems. This exciting and multifaceted exhibition features wall hangings, paintings, sculptures, animations, textile designs and films. The protagonists of Alchemical Worlds are those non-human things that can often be overlooked: corals, trees and fungi. Here, corals and trees are celebrated as ancient record keepers, or bioarchivists, as together they can hold climate records for millions of years. Golda, Johnson and Law give life to these ecological narratives through an experimental and advanced use of eclectic materials: silk, linen, wood, graphene, electronic circuits, silver wire, digital screens, and climate data. In their hands, for example, images of the world���s oldest living tree the 5,000 year-old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine and the 2,000 year-old brain coral become repeat pattern textile designs that have been hand screen-printed using a novel new material - graphene. As exhibition viewers encounter this artwork, they���ll discover that hovering a hand over the conductive graphene prints activates a series of animations where carbon rings dance across the surface of the artwork. Led by UOW artist-researchers Dr Agnieszka Golda and Dr Jo Law, and supported by UOW���s Global Challenges Program, Alchemical Worlds has emerged from intersections of art and science disciplines. Central figures of this ongoing collaboration are climate scientist Associate Professor Helen McGregor (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UOW) and materials scientist Dr Sepidar Sayyar (Australian National Fabrication Facilities and Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, UOW). Alchemical Worlds extends on previous collaborative research, including Golda and Law���s MAAS Research Fellowship Project (2017), which culminated in their Spinning World ��exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (July 2018 ��� January 2019), and later exhibited at University of Wollongong (August ��� October 2019). Golda and Law have also presented their research at ISEA 2020, and together with McGregor and Sayyar, at Spectra 2018.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Edition


Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


Volume


Issue


Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong