New works by Semiconductor, Lyndall Phelps and Alistair McClymont
23 April – 31 May 2015
Weds - Sun: 11 - 4pm
Battersea Park, London
3 Branches of the Same Tree brings together theories and concepts of science, art and education and looks at the perception of the world as viewed through the lenses of science and art. Within this project, science and art have been fused to reveal the forces that govern our world and the possible new ways science can be taught.
For this exhibition, Pump House Gallery has commissioned three new works by artists Semiconductor, Lyndall Phelps and Alistair McClymont. Each artist has been engaged in scientific research in close collaboration with a scientist and six primary schools from Wandsworth.
Artistic duo Semiconductor have worked alongside scientist Ben Robinson and teachers from West Hill and from St Anne’s primary schools focusing on the subject of light. Informed by research into reflected light and satellites, they have created an installation of light boxes presenting scientific data from Cirrus clouds, titled Band 9.
Artist Lyndall Phelps has developed a series of installations titled Perceptible Invisibility that invite visitors to playfully engage with the seemingly impossible properties of magnets. Working with scientist Max Boleininger and teachers from All Saints CE and Hotham Primary Schools, Phelps has explored a range of actions that demonstrate a magnets ability to generate force. Through interaction the audience is invited to investigate the gravity defying abilities of magnets and see their hidden force fields.
Artist Alistair McClymont collaborated with scientist Alexandra Berditchevskais and teachers from Griffin and Falconbrook Primary School whilst investigating the scientific possibilities of sound to produce the work One should never mistake pattern ... for meaning (Function Generator). During their research, McClymont became interested in how very low frequency sound, despite being inaudible, affects the body and the environment.
As an outcome of the collaborations formed between artists, teachers and scientists, an accompanying free Resource Pack for schools has been produced to explore the Key Stage 2 curriculum areas of Sound, Light and Forces & Magnets. Throughout its duration, the exhibition is open for school visits that include free hands-on workshops and exhibition tours.