exploring the invisible


Monday 20 November 2017

join super/collider at The Collective to explore the invisible with Dr Simon F Park, Senior Teaching Fellow in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Surrey. through his talk, Simon will reveal a hidden universe which sheds light on the microscopic processes happening beyond our field of vision. Simon will also talk about his research on bacterial bioluminescence and light sensitive materials

8pm – 9.30pm
The Collective
Old Oak Lane
NW10 6FF
free – but please RSVP here

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deep space


deep down in the depths of the Earth’s oceans lies a world in many ways more mysterious than outer space. blanketed by darkness and the crushing weight of billions of tons of seawater, this alien abyss is the focus of the Parley Deep Space Program, which we recently profiled for a special insert inside Dazed Magazine…

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magic mushrooms


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”

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seeing science


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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spectral evidence


Monday 10 July 2017

join artist Amelia Crouch as she shares and discusses extracts of her recent work ‘Spectral Evidence’ with us at Second Home. this moving image artwork, exploring colour perception and colour language, combines research into the evolution of the eye, the physics of light, linguistics and semiotics

the piece was produced for ‘The Scientific Method’ – a group exhibition of moving image works that adopt scientific, quasi-scientific or pedagogical formats in order to consider the human search for systemic, graspable or quantifiable meaning in an uncertain world. Crouch co-curated the exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds, in 2016-17 and will talk both about ‘Spectral Evidence’ and how it fits into her wider artistic research and interests

Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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a planet of oceans


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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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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Micro Museum of Sleep


we’ve teamed up with our pals at Bompas & Parr to explore the world of dreams for citizenM. one of the world’s smallest museums, this tiny temple (designed by Bompas&Parr) allows guests to peer inside and explore the science of sleep in a series of miniature dioramas we created. working with an astronomer, two artists and a neuroscientist, our contribution to the Micro Museum of Sleep celebrates the science and significance of slumber through a variety of artistic mediums

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2016 Icelandic expedition

photo by Tom Sewell

7-12 September 2016

as late summer lingers over the North Atlantic, join a small group of like-minded creative explorers as we travel across, around and underneath Iceland in search of the Northern Lights and other natural wonders in our most ambitious Icelandic adventure to date

amid the stark beauty of the country’s surreal landscapes, we’ll spend the dark nights watching for the Aurora Borealis and the days exploring the country’s geological, volcanic and natural diversity. we’ll hike to towering glaciers, visit slumbering volcanoes, watch erupting geysers, relax in natural hot springs, venture behind tumbling waterfalls and descend under the surface of Iceland’s constantly shifting topography

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species of the week


marine biologists announced the discovery this week of what could be among the oldest living organisms on Earth. a massive sea sponge about ‘the size of a minivan’ was photographed last summer over 2km down in the depths of the Papahānaumokuākea marine reserve – a massive protected area the size of Germany located northwest of Hawaii. although not dated yet, it’s the largest specimen yet found. similar, smaller sponges in shallow waters can be over 2000 years old, making this slow-growing deep sea discovery a potential contender

the plant whisperer


Wednesday 4 May 2016

join super/collider at Second Home to gain an insight into artist Kasia Molga‘s practice, which encourages plants to draw. as part of the World Wilder Lab project, Kasia and her colleagues have been interacting with plants using hacking techniques. the multi-media artist describes herself as an environmentalist, hactivist and designer concerned with changes in our relationship with ecology in an increasingly technologically mediated world

Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now


living photographs


Wednesday 6 April 2016

join super/collider at Second Home for a discussion between artist Alice Cazenave, materials maestro Seetal Solanki, microbiologist Dr. Simon Park and artist Melanie King about light sensitive materials in the natural world, techniques for printing on leaves and bacteria which responds to light

Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now

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exploring the invisible


Wednesday 2 March 2016

bioluminescent bacteria are the most widely distributed light-emitting organisms on Earth. experienced up close, bioluminescence is a powerful and refined light: cold but beguiling. in his practice, Dr Simon Park has used bacterial bioluminescence beyond rigorous scientific research and in this talk will explore his long-standing investigation into the aesthetics of bacterial bioluminescence and how he has used this organic form of light as a unique medium to disclose some of nature’s most vital yet often unseen events

Second Home
68 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
free but RSVP required

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blue flowers


just in time for Valentine’s Day, our pals at Bompas & Parr have only gone and created the world’s first colour changing flowers. hand painted with a thermochromatic ink, the roses, anemones, lilies and orchids shimmer as you (and/or your lover) exhale on them due to fluctuations in temperature. the flowers come in two forms: one is based on a liquid crystal dye process that changes at 27°C from a deep satin black to Champagne bottle green, “exhibiting all the hues regularly seen on the backs of beetles”. the second uses a black thermochromatic dye that transforms at 31°C. the flower is then spritzed a crystal elixir and ignited – revealing the various pigments in the heat of the flame

you can take a closer look at these wonders of botanical chemistry today and all this weekend in a series of hands-on workshops at the Edition Hotel in London

Jochen Lempert at Between Bridges


a trained biologist, Hamburg-based Jochen Lempert began taking photographs in the early 1990s and has since embarked on “an ongoing project that deals with the perception of nature and creatures within the blurry contexts of scientific research, subjective perception and man-made environments: from an analogy between the glossiness of the berries of the Deadly Nightshade plant and the eye of a squirrel, to the visualisation of his own breath by way of long exposures of small segments of night sky”

his work is currently on show at Wolfgang Tillmans’ Berlin gallery, Between Bridges

TOOLKIT: Dr Michael Pittman


Thursday 3 December 2015

we’re beyond excited to announce our first Hong Kong event: an evening with dinosaur discoverer Dr Michael Pittman. part of a new series we’re starting called TOOLKIT, the hands-on talk will feature the HKU palaeontologist discussing his work in the Gobi Desert and the tools he uses. you’ll get the chance to check out actual dinosaur bones and the various brushes, hammers, chisels, picks and other gear essential for a successful dino dig

time: doors 7pm talk from 7:30pm
cost: free but please RSVP
venue: ACO 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(Exit B of Causeway Bay MTR station, opposite Tin Lok Lane)
language: English

15 photos that show nature recolonising Chernobyl 🌿

a new study from researchers at the University of Portsmouth shows that wildlife is alive and well in the abandoned areas around Chernobyl, scene of the catastrophic nuclear meltdown in 1986 that left the landscape largely uninhabitable for humans

“There is continuing scientific and public debate surrounding the fate of wildlife that remained in the abandoned area,” explain the study’s authors. “Our long-term empirical data showed no evidence of a negative influence of radiation on mammal abundance. Relative abundances of elk, roe deer, red deer and wild boar within the Chernobyl exclusion zone are similar to those in four (uncontaminated) nature reserves in the region and wolf abundance is more than 7 times higher. These results demonstrate for the first time that, regardless of potential radiation effects on individual animals, the Chernobyl exclusion zone supports an abundant mammal community after nearly three decades of chronic radiation exposures”

when we traveled to the region in 2011 with Unknown Fields, we were struck by just how abundant nature is in former towns like Prypiat, where most of these photos were taken

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everyday aliens

slime mould

Sunday 30 August 2015

slime moulds are intelligent lifeforms which have intrigued scientists across the world with their impressive capacity to make decisions, solve problems and learn from their environment. join super/collider and artist Heather Barnett on board The Floating Cinema for a slime mould workshop and screening of the documentary The Creeping Garden. in this special workshop and screening, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the mysterious behaviour of these beautiful brainless blobs firsthand – and take home an unusual pet

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Second Home: Life on Mars

Mars colony

Thursday 16 July 2015
7-9pm | free

with Spacex, NASA, Mars One and MarsPolar all setting their sights on the Red Planet, the coming decades could see the first crewed expeditions to Mars – and because of the vast distances involved we could be there to stay. so what would a small settlement and off-planet society be like? join leading astrobiologist Dr Louisa Preston and prospective Mars settlers Maggie Lieu and Clare Weedon as we explore the daunting challenges but incredible potential of life on another world

RSVP via Second Home

Second Home
68-80 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL

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the floating world


located in China’s Hunan province, Zhangjiajie’s incredible landscape began to form over 60 million years ago, when warm tropical seas covered the land. in deeper waters, the accumulation of marine organisms formed limestone while in shallower regions hard quartz sandstone predominated. the seas slowly receded and eons of rains and rivers wore away at the softer stone. small outcrops began to appear; craggy and covered by trees. the action of their roots and the constant freezing and melting of ice as winters passed inexorably carved the towering pillars, which aren’t smooth and eroded but angular and rough. today, there are over 3000 individual towers – some rising a thousand feet into the sky

read more about Zhangjiajie in our Where On Earth column for AnOther