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  • about us

    founded in 2006, super/collider is an independent agency based in London and Hong Kong. working in and with people from the creative industries, we explore science from a pop cultural standpoint – bringing its wonders to new audiences through projects, events, publications and curated products

    what we do

    ISLAND/UNIVERSE
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    projects
    we collectively create and commission art exhibitions, installations, educational meetings and other special projects like ISLAND/UNIVERSE, the Handcrafted Particle Accelerator and Worlds in Transit
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    events, travel and talks
    we run regular evening and weekend events in cultural-facing venues to bring science to new audiences, and throw one-off parties around events like the summer solstice and the Perseid Meteor Shower

    we organise creative science fieldtrips to foster links between the creative and scientific worlds, taking people to see incredible things and inspire their work

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    Worlds In Transit book
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    publishing
    instead of preaching to the converted, we believe in putting science where it currently isn’t – including the pages of the some of the world’s leading fashion, music and cultural magazines. beyond creating image-led content for our own site, we contribute to a variety of other outlets, ranging from AnOther Magazine to Vice. our images and articles have been used by CNN, Yale University and Apple, and we also create in-house printed publications like DesigningScience and tenblank

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    products
    combining science and shopping, we commission, curate and create discerning science-related products for our online shop and run pop-up stores, market stalls and one-off curated spaces like POP ROCK MOON SHOP®

    people

    current staff

    Chris Hatherill – founder and creative director
    Melanie King – co-director
    Louise Beer – co-director

    beyond our talented network of contributors, super/collider works (at no cost) to introduce people to others in various creative and scientific fields. email us if you’re looking to hook up and we’ll see what we can do

    we’d like to thank all the people who have contributed their time and energy to super/collider over the years, including but not limited to: Rod Stanley, John Hooper, Thomas Sadler, Zara Mirza, Regina Peldszus, Abby Schlageter, Melissa Ramos, Zack Hobler, Jolyon Ralph, Viola Schmidt, Katinka Schaaf, Annelise Nelson, Emma Hargadon, Sandra Berghianu, Michael Ainsley and Bright Star Catalogue

    donate

    super/collider is entirely self-funded – we currently receive no government grants or core funding. if you love the site, please consider donating so we can do even more. all donations will be used entirely for public science outreach

    environment

    we donate 2% of our annual profits to the Rainforest Trust and all of our expeditions are carbon offset. this website is hosted by GreenGeeks, which replaces three times the amount of energy it uses with wind power credits

    website

    based on a design created by Simon Holmes and Blue Bushell using a template by Tripleships Inc and heavily customised by Dave Flindall. amethyst crystal image by JJ Harrison, used with kind permission

    legal

    super/collider is a brand name of super/creative ltd
    registered in England / company number 06683765

     

    magic mushrooms

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    the complex and mutually-enriching interaction between soil, plants and fungi is similar to the fertile relationship between mushrooms, mankind and art – a dynamic explored in a new show curated by Francesca Gavin that opens tomorrow night in Paris. as she explains, “this simplest of organism has been at the core of ritual, power and ideas around immortality and strength for thousands of years. contemporary artists are continually drawn towards the mushroom for its references to nature, the psychedelic and the spiritual”

    featuring works by Carsten Holler (above) and Seana Gavin (below) as well as Donlon Books, Hannah Collins, Lara Ogel, Sylvie Fleury, Ghislaine Leung, Jung Koch Quentell, Alex Morrison, Laurence Owen, PAM, Jeremy Shaw, John Millei, Hayley Silverman and Dr Auzoux Sougy the show incorporates everything from sculpture and painting to vintage educational artwork, aura photos of mushrooms and a healthy dose of collage. to celebrate all things mycological, we asked Francesca to share some fun facts about fungi with us…

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    the cosmic sublime

    Tuesday 12 September 2017

    join us at The Collective Old Oak to explore the depths of the universe, learn about space telescopes and hear the stories behind astronomical photographs like Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field and the Pale Blue Dot, as popularised by Carl Sagan. how are these photographs created, and how do they help us to reflect upon our own existence?

    Marek Kukula is Public Astronomer at Royal Museums Greenwich, home of the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House art gallery. in 2015 he co-curated the exhibition dark frame/deep field at Breese Little Gallery in London to coincide with the New Horizons probe’s fly-by of Pluto. the exhibition showcased a number of works by contemporary artists alongside vintage NASA photographs, highlighting our ongoing desire to explore and map the cosmos

    8-11pm
    The Collective Old Oak
    Old Oak Lane
    London
    NW10 6FF

    FREE but RSVP required

    seeing science

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    launched in September last year, Seeing Science is a year-long project at the University of Maryland that examines and documents the ways in which science is represented through the visual medium of photography

    with online platforms, essays, events and exhibitions, the project looks at the ways in which science is represented as an industry and as an academic subject; the people involved and its myriad interactions with our everyday life. from Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering studies of animal locomotion to NASA’s rich photography archive through to augmented reality goggles for surgeons, Seeing Science seeks to examine the various forms scientific images take, what they reveal and how they transform the disciplines they serve. Bobby Jewell spoke with the project’s curator and producer, Marvin Hieferman, to find out more

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    deep impact

    Meteor Crater by Joe King

    in the first in a series of articles, we explore some of the places we’ll be visiting on our upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Expedition this August. first up is Meteor Crater, a massive hole in the ground in Arizona that helped scientists establish techniques for identifying meteor strikes…

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    ✺ solar eclipse expedition

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    14-22 August 2017

    join a small group of creative explorers as we travel across the spectacular deserts, forests and mountains of Western America to witness one of nature’s most incredible sights: a total solar eclipse

    click here to register

    after meeting in Los Angeles, we’ll head out into the high desert to explore the natural beauty of Joshua Tree and camp overnight under the stars. we’ll then venture into Arizona to visit the Biosphere 2 experiment and spend a night at Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s ecological city in the desert. after stopping at the legendary Lowell Observatory for a briefing about the eclipse we’ll visit Meteor Crater, a massive impact site with an awesome gift shop. next up is the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon, after which we’ll spend the night amid the iconic sandstone buttes of Monument Valley

    from then on in it’s all about the total solar eclipse – a surreal sight that everyone should witness at least once. as the Moon slowly covers the sun during this rare alignment, the morning of 21st August will slowly dim until the face of our nearest star is completely obscured. the sun’s faint corona and the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury will become visible in the daytime, and birds might start singing again thinking it’s dawn

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    a planet of oceans

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    from the depths of the Marianas Trench to the remote beaches of the Chagos Archipelago, we’ve rounded up five incredible places from around the planet in honour of World Oceans Day

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    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles

    L'Indifférence Des Etoiles

    88 pages / 26 × 19 cm / hardback
    41 photographs / full colour offset
    first edition of 500

    L’Indifférence Des Etoiles (The Indifference of the Stars) is French photographer Julien Mauve’s first book. filled with juxtaposed images of deep space and our world, it is about the quest for meaning and the difficulty to live with the knowledge that we exist. somehow, the stars become a shelter for the mind and help us bear the briefness of human life

    £25
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    the cosmic desert

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    stretching more than 7000 square kilometres across the barren deserts of Western Tunisia, Chott el Djerid is a vast salt lake that extends to the stars. an ‘endorheic’ basin, it floods in winter with rainwater and run-off from the distant Atlas Mountains, with dissolved minerals forming delicate pinks, soft greens, baby blues and other subtly beautiful colours. as spring turns to summer, crystalline structures emerge as the fierce Saharan heat turns the shallow waterways into glittering desert once more…

    read more about Chott el Djerid’s cosmic connections in our latest Where On Earth column for AnOther

    SUPER/COLLIDER X BOOK B

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    to mark the Hong Kong launch of our retrospective book, super/collider presented a two week pop-up shop at Book B, located inside the new mixed use space common room & co. in Hong Kong

    following on from this, our books have been now been added to the shop’s permanent selection, and we have more in the pipeline. next time you’re in Sham Shui Po, stop by to browse a selection of publications at the intersection of art and science…

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    Time Traveller by Seana Gavin

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    34x34cm glicée print
    limited edition of 50

    our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

    full series here

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    art and sci-fi in the Atacama

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    in one of the highest, driest and most remote landscapes on the planet, astronomers have constructed a series of megalithic devices to peer deep into space. these complex, futuristic artefacts and the strange landscape that surrounds them are what drew French artist Caroline Corbasson to the Atacama, where she’s currently shooting a new short film. you can read more about the project in our latest article for Amuse and check out this series of exclusive location scouting photos…

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    ten

    104-page retrospective book (2006-2016)
    first edition of 1000
    170mm x 240mm
    printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper made from 100% post-consumer waste

    in 2006 we published our first fanzine and began a journey into science and culture. from the depths of interstellar space to the limitless subatomic horizons of particle physics to the most beautiful places on our planet, we’ve been privileged to spend the past decade exploring the wonders and aesthetics of science from a creative standpoint

    full of short stories and facts, ten is more than just a retrospective of our work. it’s a visual record of where science has taken us all in the last decade – told through 100 beautiful images from the worlds of astronomy, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, ecology, biology… and beyond

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    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    Platular ring by Noemi Klein

    inspired by the intersection of earthly geology and crystalline geometry, Noemi Klein crafts intricate pieces in a range of fine metals. in her Epoch 5 collection, geological structures in the form of precious mineral clusters crystallise the natural environment and provide a sharp physical alternative to the ethereal and sensory world of the eye

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    the in sound from way out

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    researchers at Queen Mary University in London are inviting filmmakers and creatives to experiment with sounds from space, as part of a new competition launched today. to find out more about these cosmic noises, we caught up with project lead Dr Martin Archer…

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    islands of ice

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    in our latest column for AnOther we overfly the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which is about to unleash one of the largest icebergs the Earth has ever seen

    treasures

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    unearthing and meticulously photographing artwork and images from 19th and early 20th century astronomy books, Print Science are working to showcase how people used to record the heavens. beyond lunar charts, hand sketches of the solar corona and an early photograph of the Pleiades, the collection includes early impressions of Mars and a beautiful drawing of a comet over London

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    ring world

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    open up Google Maps and scroll over to Canada – then zoom in and take a look to the right of the ‘Québec’ label. notice something weird? a massive, circular lake? that’s an impact crater from a 5km wide comet or asteroid that hit the area over 200 million years ago, making it the oldest known and largest visible impact crater on Earth

    in our new column for AnOther, we look at Manicouagan Crater and other (potentially related) impact sites across the planet

    Liliane Lijn in conversation with Johanna Kieniewicz

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    6 December 2016

    in this talk, artist Liliane Lijn will share her experiences exploring light since the 1960s. beyond discussing her artistic practice, Liliane will talk about her influences and historical understandings of light from the past millennia, drawing on her readings in Tibetan Buddhism as well as her interest in physics and astronomy

    7.30-9.30pm
    Second Home
    68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
    tickets are free for Second Home members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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    speaking into space

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    20 October 2016

    humanity regularly sends information from Earth out into the universe that may be picked up by potential extraterrestrial intelligence – but should we be sending such messages? and if so, how do we represent ourselves? in searching the universe, what do we find out about ourselves?

    join us as we explore these ideas with Dr Jill Stuart – an academic based at the London School of Economics who specialises in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. beyond serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Space Policy, Dr. Stuart is a trustee of METI International, an organisation that focuses on sending messages from Earth to potential extraterrestrial life

    7.30-9.30pm
    Second Home
    68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
    tickets are free for Second Home Members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

    is our universe a hologram?

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    Tuesday 20 September 2016

    join Dr. Andrew O’Bannon on a journey to the cutting edge of theoretical physics. holography is the bold idea that all the information in our 3D universe may be contained in a mysterious 2D image, like a hologram. promising not only to unite Einstein’s relativity with quantum physics, it also has the potential to provide us with cleaner energy, faster computers, and novel electronics

    7.30-9.30pm
    Second Home
    68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
    £5 | book here

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